O'Brian White could be available as soon as this week after the Seattle Sounders removed him from the Disabled List. The forward has not played since April 22, a game in which he assisted on the Sounders' lone goal. That gave him two goals and two assists in seven games, a promising start for a player who has struggled since joining MLS as a highly touted college player.
Shortly after that game, he had surgery to remove a blood clot in his leg. At the time, the recovery was considered indefinite as the cause of the underlying problem was unknown.
But White was able to be removed from blood-thinners relatively quickly and has been practicing with the team for several weeks. He has progressed to the point that he will be available for selection this Saturday, coincidentally against the Colorado Rapids, the last team he played against.
Without White in the lineup, the Sounders have struggled to find consistency at forward. Roger Levesque, Nate Jaqua and Mike Fucito have all started alongside Fredy Montero and no fewer than six players have at least seen some time at forward. Even if White takes several weeks to return to full fitness, just having the added depth he provides, as well as the possibility of bringing him in as a late substitute should be a significant addition.