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Sounders buy out the contract of injured Jamaican forward O'Brian White for 2012Posted: March 23, 2012
The Seattle Sounders after seeking out multiple medical opinions have elected to buy out the guaranteed contract of injured Jamaican forward O'Brian White for the 2012 MLS season.
White has suffered from recurring blood clots in his left leg since last year and has undergone at least two surgeries (first in April, then in August after a setback).
MLS teams are allowed the option of buying out one guaranteed contract before their first regular-season game and this decision was made prior to Saturday’s opening day.
White as a result will be paid his six-figure salary and receive medical coverage, but won't count toward the roster or against the team's $2.81 million dollar salary cap.
Seattle will however still retain the right of first refusal so in the event that another team makes him an offer this year, they can match it.
The former Ocho Rios High player will also be able to continue his rehab efforts with the team and be a part of the group in hopes of a 2013 return.
In the offseason, he would also be eligible for the MLS Re-Entry Process if he chooses.
According to data released by the players' union, White made $100,000 last season. Since he's entering his fourth year in MLS, his contract was guaranteed once Seattle picked up his option at the end of 2011.