DC Gets White A Home Grown Talent Contract

DC Gets White A Home Grown Talent Contract

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 14, 2010
  • Ethan White, Home Grown Talent

Ethan White sets to become the forth Home Grown player for D.C. United. (Naomi Brookner⁄The Gazette)

A smart, smart move was made by D.C. United this morning.

Maryland defender Ethan White was a product of the D.C. United academy and could be signed by the club or head into the MLS SuperDraft next month. D.C. decided not to take their chances next month and instead used their rights to sign White to a contract today.

“We have been following Ethan for a long time with our Academy and at the University of Maryland, and we think he is a great prospect for this club,” said United Head Coach Ben Olsen. “This is another example of how far our Academy system has come, and Ethan has improved immensely at the University of Maryland.”

“We are pleased to have signed Ethan as our fourth Homegrown Academy player,” said United General Manager Dave Kasper. “We look forward to seeing Ethan grow within our club, he has great potential, and we know he will be a fine professional at D.C. United.”

White was a sophomore this year for Maryland. He helped the Terrapins rise in the rankings to be the number two seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. He started in 42 matches in College Park for Maryland and scored one goal in that time from his defensive spot.

White is currently part of the United States Youth National Team player pool. He has been named to Thomas Rongen’s U.S. U-20 side in 2010, including a call-up for the prestigious Milk Cup in Northern Ireland where the US took home the title.

This is a great move for a club that lacked a bite in their defense a season ago. White also will become the forth Home Grown player behind Bill Hamid, Andy Najar and Conor Shanosky. He would have been a first round pick as a Generation adidas player so D.C. has already opened up this offseason in solid form with this signing and with the trade to get Dax McCarthy from Portland.