So far, Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin is one-for-one on predictions. We’ll have to wait until Saturday to see if he remains perfect.
In his weekly press conference, Curtin said this about D.C. United’s latest signing Deshorn Brown: “We’ll see him for sure. I’d imagine he’ll start against us. He’ll probably play as a reserve tonight and then they’ll let him (start) on the road.” Brown came on in the 62nd minute in last night’s game against Atlanta United.
Brown is no stranger to the Union organization. The Jamaican forward played with PDL affiliate Reading United in 2012, along with former MLS players Stephen Okai and Greg Cochrane. Since then Brown has played in MLS with the Colorado Rapids, in Norway with Valerenga, and in China with Shenzhen before returning to the United States earlier this year with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of USL. He’s also made 14 appearances with the Jamaican National Team.
While with Reading United in 2012, Brown was the PDL’s leading goalscorer with 14 goals, which saw him on the 2012 All-PDL Team as Reading made it as far as the Conference Semifinals. Current Bethlehem Steel FC manager Brendan Burke was Brown’s manager with Reading.
United can certainly use the offensive help. Prior to last night’s 2-1 win against Atlanta, the club had scored just ten goals in fifteen games. Brown’s speed and scoring touch could present challenges for the Union’s defense, which has given up four goals in the last two matches.