RedNation Online recently had the opportunity to speak with O'Brian White, a young forward who completed an abbreviated but successful rookie season with Toronto FC in 2009. White was a member of a skilled Toronto FC rookie class that also included Stefan Frei and Sam Cronin and is a player who will likely be a key part of the Toronto striker corps in 2010.
White was born in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and lived there until he moved to Scarborough, Ontario in 2002 to live with his mother. He began playing soccer while attending Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute, where he was named the squad's MVP in 2004 and 2005. He played college soccer at the University of Connecticut, where he was one of the top young players in the United States college system. In 2007, White won the Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in Division I NCAA soccer and was also named the Soccer America Player of the Year. After signing a deal with Major League Soccer, he was selected fourth overall by Toronto FC in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and made his professional debut for Toronto in an international friendly against the Argentinean side Club Atletico River Plate on July 22, 2009. White made his MLS debut on July 25, 2009, against the Columbus Crew and scored his first MLS goal on August 15, 2009, against DC United. At the international levlel, White has played for Jamaica's under-15, under-17 and under-20 national teams.
RedNation Online and O'Brian discuss his rookie season with Toronto FC, his future goals and aspirations, as well as his experiences playing at the University of Connecticut.