It is a stat line that may never be reproduced in modern American soccer again, perhaps even in world soccer.
The first-round pick of the New York Red Bulls in the 2018’s MLS SuperDraft, White has been playing on the club’s reserve team in the USL. When goalkeeper Evan Louro was ejected after earning a second yellow card in the 77th minute on Saturday, White stepped in to play goalkeeper.
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It was a position that White hasn’t played since he was a child.
“[I played goalkeeper] when I was 10-years-old with my friends, but never like this, no.”
A 22-year old forward who grew up in the Red Bulls Academy and played collegiately at Duke, White has seven goals in 11 in the USL this season. But Saturday night might be the most memorable in what has been a solid first year of professional soccer for White.
“Yeah, it’s a weird situation that we hopefully don’t find ourselves in again,” White said after the match. “But, I heard from the coaching staff that they called to put on the jersey and get in goal, So, you got to get in goal, you got to get in goal. I got in there and did the best I could. Happy to keep a clean sheet.”
He joked that after recording 13 scoreless minutes as a goalkeeper that he is coming after Luis Robles’ job.
RED BULLS NOTES
- In a thrilling 3-2 comeback win over Sporting Kansas City this past weekend, the Red Bulls gave head coach Chris Armas his first win. It was the second game as head coach of the Red Bulls for Armas, who lost a 1-0 debut to New York City FC the previous weekend.
“I’ll tell you that you three points at home is the goal every time,” Armas said. “To see our guys come out and have the right mentality against a really good team and make that push which really looked like a Red Bull team that was aggressive, fearless and [made] it really hard for Kansas City – and with the ball were able to put together a few good plays. It made us all really proud and made it extra special for the first one.”
- Michael Amir Murillo, back from starting two games for Panama in the World Cup, has yet to start for the Red Bulls since his return from Russia. Connor Lade, who has performed very well for the Red Bulls over the past two months, has earned the start in both matches since Murillo has been back.
It is an interesting twist that Murillo has failed to start both matches since Armas was named head coach of the team two weeks ago. His form this year has earned him interest from Europe and the right back was named to the MLS All-Star team that will face Juventus in Atlanta.
Murillo came on the field as a substitute midway through the second half in Saturday’s win and looked sharp.
Armas explained his thought process in starting Lade at right back over Murillo.
“If you start with Connor, he’s good around, he knows the philosophy. He’s a guy that brings the highest level of committing to the team. You can see it. His energy, his commitment, he’s on top of the details,” Armas said.
“In the last few months, he’s looked more like his best form as a Red Bull, in my opinion. He keeps growing in the time that Amir was gone. Now I think it is no secret that we value Amir. He’s a starter for us, he’s a guy we’ve relied on in all ways. He’s back with us, he’s training really well. He’s a talent so … I thought he had a good week last week. He was probably the best player in training [on Tuesday]. He looks like he’s in a good way. I think we’re going to rely on both guys moving forward.”
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