MLS: Deshorn Brown gives D.C. United immediate boost

D.C. United's struggling attack got some help as the MLS club engineered a deal to acquire the No. 1 position in the allocation rankings necessary to sign Jamaican forward Deshorn Brown, who most recently played with the USL's Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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10 D.C. United
14 Colorado
16 Real Salt Lake
16 San Jose
17 NY Red Bulls

United traded its No. 9 position in the allocation rankings, $100,000 in general allocation money, $75,000 in targeted allocation money and a 2018 international roster spot to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for the top position. The move was necessary since Brown exited MLS for a transfer fee.

“Deshorn is an athletic forward with proven technical ability who has scored goals everywhere he has been,” United general manager and VP of soccer operations Dave Kasper said. “We are excited to welcome him to D.C. and look forward to his immediate contributions.”

Brown will be able to play for United immediately as U.S. Soccer held his International Transfer Certificate, allowing him to move outside of the International Transfer Window that doesn't re-open until next month.

United's 2-0 loss to Toronto FC on Saturday left it without a goal in the run of play during an MLS match since late April, a span of 665 minutes. It has scored only 10 goals in 15 games, putting it on course to break the MLS record for the fewest goals per game it set in 2010 (21 goals in 30 games).

Brown scored 20 goals in 62 appearances over three seasons for the Colorado Rapids. In his rookie season, Brown led the Rapids in scoring and finished second in MLS Rookie of the Year voting. He left the Rapids for Norway's Valarenga, where he scored 13 goals in 37 appearances (2015-2016).  In 2016, he played for Shenzhen FC in China, where he scored seven goals in 14 matches.

Brown was drafted out of UCF after playing college ball at the University of Mobile and for the Golden Knights.

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