NYCFC acquires Ethan White from Philadelphia Union

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by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

New York City FC has acquired defender Ethan White in a trade from the Philadelphia Union.

White, who is set to turn 25 on January 1st, made 28 appearances for the Union in two seasons. He is primarily a centerback who can platoon at right back if necessary. In exchange for White, NYCFC will send the Union its fourth-round pick in the 2017 Superdraft.

“I’m really pleased,” White told NYCFC.com. “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 pre-season.”

NYCFC will be the third team in six seasons for White. The former US U-20 international fell down the depth chart this season as Richie Marquez and Maurice Edu became the team’s preferred centerback pairing.

White started his career with DC United as a homegrown player and made 24 appearances in his rookie season in 2011. He fell down the depth chart in 2012 after undergoing knee surgery and only played in six games while on loan with the Richmond Kickers. He gained more playing time in 2013 and started for DC United in that year’s US Open Cup Final in which it defeated hosts Real Salt Lake.

“We are excited to add an athletic and experienced center-half in Ethan White to our roster,” Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said. “He is a young player and we are looking forward to working with him and developing his game even further.”

White will not join the team in Puerto Rico having made previous plans. He joins Jefferson Mena and Jason Hernandez as the team’s center backs. Yesterday, Empire of Soccer reported the team may also look to Jorge Teixeira of Standard Leige as a central defender option as well. The team also brought former Chivas USA and Seattle Sounders defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado on trial for its match against the Puerto Rican National Team Friday evening.