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Philadelphia Union interim head coach Jim Curtin has confirmed the club will acquire Jamaican striker Brian Brown.
“There’s still some paperwork that needs to finish up, but he’s going to be with us going forward,” Curtin told MLSsoccer.com. “He’s a player that we’re excited about.”
According to the report, Brown, who has been training with the Union this week, could officially be on the Union roster in time for Saturday’s game against Colorado.
Brown, the 2013-14 National Premier League Golden Boot winner with 18 goals in 30 regular season appearances, and two additional goals in the post season, joins the Union from Harbour View FC.
News of Brown’s impending arrival first came through an announcement on the Harbour View FC website on Monday, July 7 that said he had left the Jamaica that day “to complete all final arrangements” for a loan to the Union through the end of the season.
Union connections abound in Brown’s arrival. Rookie goalkeeper Andre Blake played for Harbour View FC as a youth. Brown is represented by Damani Ralph of Global Premier Management, Ltd. Ralph was a teammate of Curtin at Chicago Fire in 2003-4.
Brown previously played for Montego Bay United, where he scored 3 goals in 17 appearances in 2012-13. In the beginning of 2012, he joined Aston Villa on a three-week trial. With him at Aston Villa on trial was fellow Jamaican Deshorn Brown (no relation), who played for Union PDL affiliate Reading United in 2012 before being drafted by Colorado Rapids in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
The striker has one appearance with the senior Jamaican national team, playing 19 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Trinidad & Tobago on Nov. 15, 2013.
Speaking to the Jamaican Gleaner in December, Brown said “it is my job to score,” adding, “When I score, it gives the team a chance to win, and that is my purpose in the team.”
In an interview with the Jamaica Observer in February about his national team aspirations, Brown said, “My strength is my speed, my first touch, shots on goal, and I think my weakest point is heading the ball so I will be working hard to improve that and bring myself up to or even beyond the level of players who do it well.
“I am one of those players who always try to execute in games what I practice in training,” Brown said. “I must say that sometimes I surprise myself with what I do in matches.”
In an interview on the CONCACAF website, Brown said, “I would be comfortable playing there (in the United States) as players from all over the world are playing there,” adding, “The league is getting better and stronger. It’s like the first place for a lot of Jamaican players to stop before they move on to Europe.”
An earlier announcement on the Harbour View website on July 2 indicated that Brown had been on a week-long trial with the Union in June. The report said Brown “went to impress, scoring goals consistently in training sessions and interacting with players and members of the football club.”
Impress he did. Curtin told MLSsoccer.com that, during Brown’s trial with the Union, “The alarm bells went off pretty quickly,” adding, “You could tell he was pretty special around the goal.”
Here’s a highlight reel of Brown’s goals with Harbour View in 2013-14: