The Union added a Golden Boot winner to their striker stable as they look to vault into a playoff spot. Whether they'll have him past 2014 remains to be seen.
Philadelphia announced on Saturday that the club had acquired Jamaican international Brian Brown on loan from Harbour View FC for the remainder of the 2014 MLS season following a successful trial. The 2013-14 Red Stripe Premier League Golden Boot winner will be available for match selection when the Union take on the Colorado Rapids at 7 pm at PPL Park on Saturday night.
Brown netted 20 goals in 32 appearances last season for the “Stars of the East.” Prior to joining Harbour View, the 21-year-old played for Montego Bay United, scoring three goals in 17 appearances during the 2012-13 season. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
He has also suited up for the Jamaican national team alongside Union rookie goalkeeper Andre Blake. Brown played 19 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Trinidad & Tobago on November 15, 2013. He'll compete with Conor Casey, Andrew Wenger and Sebastian Le Toux for time in interim head coach Jim Curtin's lineup.
“The alarm bells went off pretty quickly,” Curtin told MLSsoccer.com. “You could tell he was pretty special around the goal.”