ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 7, 2017) — The Tampa Bay Rowdies have signed forward Deshorn Brown, the club announced Tuesday, pending ITC Clearance, league and federation approval. Per club and league policy, further contract details were not disclosed.
Brown, 26, most recently played for Shenzen in China League One, where he scored seven goals in 14 matches.
A Major League Soccer veteran, Brown scored 20 goals in 62 appearances for the Colorado Rapids from 2013-2015 before departing for Vålerenga in Norway’s Tippeligaen, where he played from 2015-2016. He scored 13 goals in 37 appearances for Vålerenga.
“Everyone saw the impact Deshorn made on our team in recent matches, scoring a goal and adding an assist,” Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell said. “As a coaching staff, we’ve seen much more of him in training and he’s been impressive throughout. He brings a lot of quality and experience to our front line and we’re excited to signhim. He’s another veteran voice in our locker room to guide younger players.”
Brown trained with the Rowdies as a guest player in February and March, playing in three matches, including Rowdies’ Suncoast Invitational matches. Brown tallied a goal and an assist in the 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact on February 25.
“I am excited to join the Rowdies,” commented Brown. “The environment and the setup at the club is really professional, which is one of the reasons why I decided to sign here. I like to work hard and help the team, with the main goal of doing my job, which is scoring goals.”
Factoring in his amateur career with the Des Moines Menace (nine goals in 10 appearances) and Reading United (13 goals in 13 appearances), Brown has averaged 0.32 goals-per-game or better at every club he’s played for.
Brown attended the University of Central Florida and has made 14 appearances for the Jamaican National Team.
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