MLS Rookie of the Year Candidate: Deshorn Brown Has Big Weekend

By Phil Naegely
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After scoring the second fastest goal in MLS history 13 seconds in against Seattle SoundersColorado Rapids forward Deshorn Brown earned his first senior team call-up for the Jamaican National Team. It is a well-deserved decision as Brown’s name is in consideration for MLS Rookie of the Year honors.

In Saturday’s 5-1 win over the Sounders, Brown scored two goals and now had nine goals this season. Additionally, Brown has four assists. He is a force to reckon with and can battle for possession strongly against the defense. Moreover, his speed helps separate himself and get open shots on goal.

While Jamaica sits in the bottom of the CONCACAF Hexagonal, it will be interesting to watch Brown play against the USMNT. They will face off Friday, Oct 11. Brown should face his biggest test in his professional soccer career and this experience will bode well for the rookie.

Being away from the Rapids and MLS play for international duty should not affect his chances of winning Rookie of the Year unless some other rookie plays out of their mind in Brown’s absence. The Rapids are thrilled for Brown’s call-up and spoke highly of the rookie forward:

“Everyone at the Rapids is thrilled for this opportunity that Deshorn has earned with the Jamaican National Team, and last night we saw what he can do on a big stage,” said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo. “His hard work and strong performances throughout this season have turned heads, made him a Rookie of the Year contender, and got him this chance with his country. This is also a credit to the work that Oscar Pareja and our coaching staff have done with Deshorn to help him develop and compete at a high level.”

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