Allowing 58 goals in its inaugural MLS season has prompted changes for New York City FC, which announced Thursday it has acquired five-year league veteran Ethan White in a trade with Philadelphia.
The Union sent White, 24, to NYCFC in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 SuperDraft. White, a native of Kensington, Md., has played 64 games for D.C. United and Philly since signing a Homegrown contract with D.C. in 2010. His base salary in 2015 was $125,000, according to figures listed by the MLS Players’ Union.
“I’m really pleased,” said White in a team release announcing the deal. “It’s a great opportunity for me to join an exciting club that's looking to do big things. I’m very happy to be a part of this and I am determined to help the club achieve success. I'm already looking forward to joining my new teammates for preseason.”
Jason Hernandez (26 games) and Manchester City EDS product Shay Facey (23 games) played the majority of games in central defense for NYCFC last year. Face was at NYCFC on loan from City, which recently re-signed him to a new two-year contract. His loan status for 2016 is uncertain.
White played for United’s U-18 academy team and after two seasons at the University of Maryland -- where his teammates included MLS representatives Zac MacMath, Casey Townsend, Patrick Mullins and John Sterzer -- he signed a Homegrown contract with D.C. He played in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup final won by United, and the following January was traded to Philadelphia in exchange for defender Jeff Parke (the teams also swapped spots in the allocation rankings as part of the deal).
“We are excited to add an athletic and experienced center-half in Ethan White to our roster,” said NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna. “He is a young player and we are looking forward to working with him and developing his game even further.”