Much-travelled Reggae Boy hopes he has found a home in India

By January 04, 2020
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Reggae Boy Deshorn Brown will begin playing in the Indian Football Premier League this month after signing a three-year contract with Bengaluru FC.

Brown’s January 17 bow with IFPL side may be seen as unusual for a player from the Caribbean, the region known for heading to the United States or Europe for the most part.

But Brown, who says, maybe he was seen as an average player in North America, believes he can re-invent himself and make an impact in India.

“The MLS teams probably saw me as an average player so maybe we have to go far to get rewarded,” he said.

That fact has not deterred the 29-year-old though and he is looking at the next three years in as optimistic a way as he can.

“I always try to go to different countries to make a mark so that I can always be remembered,” said Brown.

“I always look for a challenge so I’m excited,” he said.

Brown began life as a footballer at St Elizabeth Technical High School before going to university in the United States, first at the University of Mobile in Alabama, where he scored 53 goals in 43 appearances, then at the University of Central Florida, where he bagged 13 goals from 16 games.

His talent took him into the MLS Draft before his final year at University where he was the sixth overall draft pick taken up by the Colorado Rapids.

He would move on from the Rapids after two years, switching them in 2015 for Norwegian side Valeranga, before going on to five other teams, Shenzen in China League One, Tampa Bay Rowdies, DC United, Lorca, and the Oklahoma City Energy.

The striker’s goalscoring form has not quite been at the level it was when he was at University and his movement throughout the leagues across the world is testament to that.

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