Bengaluru, January 2: Indian Super League (ISL) champions Bengaluru FC have signed Jamaican international Deshorn Brown from United Soccer League (USL) club Oklahoma City Energy on a one-and-a-half-year deal.
The 29-year-old forward becomes BFC's seventh foreign recruit for the season and the second Caribbean player to represent the Blues after Cornell Glen (Trinidad and Tobago, 2017).
Brown, who plays down the middle and is equally comfortable operating on the wings, will stay with Blues till the end of the 2020-21 season.
"It's a difficult task, coming in mid-way through the season, but one that I'm prepared for. I've been working on staying as healthy as I can. The club has shown great belief in offering me a contract and I'm aiming to give my best for Bengaluru. I did manage to catch the last couple of games and a few highlights. We're in the play-off spot positions and that's a good thing," said Brown after putting pen to paper.
Brown becomes the second Caribbean player to represent the Blues after Cornell Glen, and the fourth one from the Americas after Roby Norales and Miku. More on our new signing via @sportstarweb#MediaWatch #BrownIsBluehttps://t.co/mvDRwgFTHV— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) January 2, 2020
After playing college football in the United States, the Jamaican turned professional in 2011 with Des Moines Menace in the USL. The following season he turned out for Reading United before making the move up to Colorado Rapids in the Major League Soccer (MLS).
In 2015, Brown moved to Norway for his first European stint playing for Valerenga in the Tippeligaen for two seasons, before moving to Asia for the first-time in 2016 turning out for Chinese side Shenzhen FC in the Chinese League One. Brown returned to the US in 2017, playing for Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) and DC United (MLS) before moving to Spain to play for Lorca FC in the Segunda Division (2017-18). He last played for Oklahoma City Energy (2018-19) in the USL.
BFC, who are currently third in the ISL standings after ten rounds host table toppers FC Goa in a marquee clash on Friday (January 3) at their fortess in Sree Kanteerava Stadium.
"We had the option of signing a seventh foreign player and we felt now was a good time to exercise it. Deshorn lends us more options in attack and even though he joins us in the middle of the season, we believe he'll play his part in helping the team achieve its goal," said Bengaluru FC coach Carles Cuadrat.
At the international level, Brown has represented the Jamaican national team, winning the Caribbean Cup in 2014.
Having played in four countries in three different continents in the USA, Norway, China and Spain, the Blues will expect Brown to settle in quickly with the business end of the season approaching fast.
"Playing in different countries is always a challenge mentally. Culturally, I love the game, and wherever it takes me. I'm excited to experience a new culture, and ready for the new challenge that comes with it," Brown added.
(Source: BFC Media)