Ben White Drafted By Toronto FC
Jan. 21, 2018
PHILADELPHIA - Gonzaga senior defender Ben White was selected by Toronto FC in the fourth round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Sunday from Philadelphia.
White becomes the fourth Gonzaga player in program history selected in the MLS Draft. George Josten and Austin Washington were selected most recently in 2008. Brian Ching was the first, selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2001. Nick Love was selected in the supplemental draft in 2011. Current assistant coach Vito Higgins and Zach Scott also played in the MLS.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity Toronto FC has given me,” White said. “I’m excited for this new chapter in my soccer career.”
White, a four-time All-West Coast Conference selection, fueled the GU attack this year, as he scored or gave the assist on eight of GU’s 19 goals this season and started in all 17 matches. He had 11 points and was sixth in the WCC in assists with five, and 131st in the nation. He led the team in points and assists, and was second in goals with three. White also spearheaded a defense that allowed one goal or less on nine occasions.
Toronto is as a member of the Eastern Conference. The club plays its home matches at BMO Field, located at Exhibition Place on Toronto's shoreline and won the 2017 MLS Cup. MLS players will begin reporting to all teams for the start of preseason camp on Monday.
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