White chooses Jamaica over Canada

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:05 PM ET

TORONTO - Toronto FC forward O’Brian White, who was born in Jamaica but emigrated to Canada before going on to the University of Connecticut, has decided to play for the nation of his birth.

Despite being pursued by the Canadian national team and head coach Stephen Hart, White suited up for Jamaica on Wednesday night for a friendly against Costa Rica.

White had played for Jamaica as a youth, but said he had a hard time making the decision to choose Jamaica over Canada since Jamaica had not sought him out as aggressively as Canada.

"Yeah, very hard decision," White told the Jamaica Gleaner.

"My heart was always with Jamaica, I was disappointed that I never got called back for such a long time. And then, I live in Toronto and (Canada) came knocking, so obviously I was thinking about playing for Canada, definitely."

Hart was diplomatic, telling the Jamaican paper:

"Players make these decisions based on what they think is best for them.

"I wish him the best of luck."

White had a disappointing 2010 campaign for TFC, notching just two goals and four assists in 24 matches.

In other TFC news, Richmond Hill’s Adrian Cann was named MVP after a successful debut season with his hometown club.

Despite signing on the eve of the season, Cann came in and helped anchor a much-improved defence.

Captain Dwayne De Rosario earned the team’s Golden Boot for his career-high 15 goals and keeper Stefan Frei was named humanitarian of the year.


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