1. Brian White
One of the highlights in a forgettable 2019 season was the emergence of Brian White as a legitimate attacking threat. Called upon to replace an injured Bradley Wright-Phillips, White did his job by scoring nine times, ending the season as the New York Red Bulls’ second-highest goalscorer.
Now with Wright-Phillips completely off the roster, White is the first-choice striker. Luckily for the 24-year-old, he has Daniel Royer to his left, Josh Sims to his right and Kaku behind him, all of which are excellent creators and goalscorers themselves, so he should enjoy space to run in behind and service to find him.
Nevertheless, there were times last season when the Red Bulls relied on White to get points against teams they should not have struggled against. The Duke University alumni had a hand in both of the team’s goals in a home draw with the Whitecaps, scored the lone goal in an away win in Orlando, and the winner when they hosted the Chicago Fire.
White came up clutch for the New York Red Bulls on several occasions last season. He might well be called upon to do the same in 2020, starting on Sunday against Cincinnati.