The Tampa Bay Rowdies hope they have added a bit more offense with the signing of Deshorn Brown.
Brown, 26, has been on a trial with the Rowdies. He 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 Valerenga in Norway’s Tippeligaen, where he played from 2015-2016. He scored 13 goals in 37 appearances for Valerenga.
“Everyone saw the impact Deshorn made on our team in recent matches, scoring a goal and adding an assist,” Rowdies’ 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 sign him. He’s another veteran voice in our locker room to guide younger players.”
“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.”
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.
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.
The Rowdies play their home opener March 25 against Orlando City B.