Injured first-round draft choice O’Brian White has taken “a huge step” on the comeback trail, participating in a full, on-field practice with his Toronto FC teammates.
“I’m happy,” a smiling White, 23, said yesterday after a workout that included a small-sided game played across BMO Field and a scoring drill in which the players dove for headers and volleyed shots on net.
“I wasn’t going 100 per cent but there was no pressure on my legs,” he said. “They feel good.
“It’s a huge step,” he said of his first full practice in eight months.
White, a Jamaican-born forward who graduated from Scarborough’s Lester B. Pearson Collegiate after moving here with his mom at age 16, has been out since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a game last October during his senior year with the University of Connecticut Huskies.
As a junior, White topped Division I with 23 goals in leading the Huskies to a 20-3-1 record and the quarter-finals of the NCAA tournament.