2013 Rapids Player Rating & Review - Deshorn Brown

Douglas C. Pizac-USA Today Sports

Who's that? The leading scorer on the team, and only in his rookie year as well. There's a few kinks to work out in Deshorn Brown's game, but there's plenty of promise.

As we do every year, through the month of December we'll be doing ratings and reviews of every player who played even a slightly significant amount of minutes for the Colorado Rapids in 2013. We'll start from the goalkeepers and move our way up to the forwards. Today, we'll cover Deshorn Brown.

Name: Deshorn Brown
Number: 26
Appearances: 31 (2169 minutes)
Stats: 10 goals, 4 assists

It's well known that at the time the Rapids picked Deshorn Brown, I wasn't a huge fan of the pick. Not being a scout, I had failed to realize he was anything more than another Omar Cummings type. He quickly showed that he was more than just speed though, proving himself to be a perfect mix of strength and pace up top in his first few starts.

As the season progressed, Brown continued pinging in the occasional goal, but dividing the fanbase as well because of his awful finishing and questionable decision-making with the ball. All of his issues are things that can be taught and coached however, and his pure athletic ability should be enough to keep him a starter going into next year. MLS recognized him as one of the best young talents out there by making him a Rookie of the Year candidate. He came in second to some other guy.

Despite being the highest scorer on the team, Brown's player rating will get bogged down a bit by the fact that he had the potential to do so much more. For every goal he scored, there was a sitter he missed -- I recall someone saying of him that a player with a finishing touch would have put in 20 goals with the chances he was provided throughout the year. As long as he continues to grow though, there should be no issues. At the very worst, we've got a flashy sparkplug of a forward on our hands who should continue to contribute for a long, long time.




Could do with a bit of shooting technique.

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