KRIS LINDSAY - Friday, July 19, 2013
In the 2013 MLS Superdraft, the Colorado Rapids took a chance on Deshorn Brown, a junior from Central Florida, who was currently playing in the PDL.
The Rapids were in search of a replacement for forward Conor Casey, who had scored 50 goals for the Rapids before he found his new club, the Philadelphia Union.
There were huge shoes to fill, but Brown was up to the challenge. The rookie already boasts five goals and four assists. "Having so many goals and so many assists, I'm just trying to contribute to the team," the Jamaican told Full Volley. "I love coming into as a rookie, playing with and learning from others, and trying to win in MLS."
The 22 year old brought his game from the college level to test the waters of the Premier Development League, finding immediate success. Brown led all other players with 12 goals on the season. His adjustment to Major League Soccer has been a challenge, but one that the rookie has been eager to accept.
"It's a big step coming into the professional environment, it's totally different from playing in the PDL," described Brown. "When I came into MLS, I tried to catch up with the guys that have already been playing for so many years, learning more about the game and trying to become a better player each day."
The forward was born in Manchester, Jamaica, and grew up idolizing none other than New York Red Bull and former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry. On the 4th of July, Deshorn had the opportunity to meet the player he had admired from his youth. "I couldn't believe that I was on the same field as him," he explained. "It was a dream playing against him."
His success with Colorado has been highlighted by the chemistry between himself and fellow team member, Atiba Harris. "We are both from the Caribbean, and we understand each other, so we try to play together well. We are like a family in the locker room. Coming in as a rookie and playing with him and Edson Buddle, it has given me an example to look up to."
The Rapids sit currently level on points with the LA Galaxy, although the Galaxy do have a game in hand. In a Western Conference that is heavily stacked with several heavyweights and lots of talent, Brown knows that there is still work to be done. "Without points you can't get to the playoffs. The main thing that we have to do is to get some goals in the back in the net, trying to get as many shutouts as we can, and just keep going and see if we can't find ourselves in the playoffs come November."