“With the sixth pick in the 2013 MLS Super Draft, the Colorado Rapids select Deshorn Jackson Forward.” With those words spoken by Commissioner Don Garber, the Colorado Rapids franchise was forever changed.
Since drafting Brown, the Rapids have seen a tremendous amount of production out of the rookie forward. Brown tallied 10 goals in the 2013 season, leading all Rapids players. Standing at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Brown is a powerful force on the field, especially in the 18-yard box.
Boasting an amazing soccer resume before even stepping foot on an MLS field, Brown was one of the most decorated players in American soccer before even his professional days started. While in college, Brown played for two different schools, the University of Central Florida, where he scored 13 goals in 16 games, and the University of Mobile, where he scored 53 goals in 43 games; 32 of his 53 goals came in 2011, when we led all NAIA players in goals scored. While playing at Mobile, Brown was named NAIA first-team All-American both his freshman and sophomore seasons.
In his first season of professional play, Brown tallied 10 goals and four assists, placing him 18th on the season goal scorer list. He kept opposing goalies busy, as he attempted 96 shots and placed 30 of those on goal.
Being on the highest sought after strikers in the MLS Super Draft, it was surprising that he did fall all the way to sixth overall. Colorado has no problem with the fact of him falling to sixth, because now that he has a year of experience under his belt, Brown is poised to be one of the most dangerous and lethal strikers in the league during the 2014 season.
With the amount of success he as already attended in his short career, both domestically and internationally for Jamaica, Brown not only has the potential, but will be a league-leading goal scorer.