Tuesday March 17th, 2015

The Colorado Rapids have transferred striker Deshorn Brown to the Norwegian first division team Vålerenga, Colorado announced on Tuesday.

The Rapids selected Brown in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. During his first professional season, his 10 goals led all MLS rookies and fell one goal short of the MLS rookie scoring record. That year, he won the club's Golden Boot award and was runner-up to teammate Dillon Powers for the league's Rookie of the Year award.

During the 2014 season, he won Colorado's Golden Boot for the second time, again scoring 10 goals.

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"[Right] from the beginning, [Brown] proved he had the talent to go far in the game," said Paul Bravo, the team's vice president of soccer operations. "Although we are sad to see him go, this move is an opportunity Deshorn wanted ..."

Brown has also made seven appearances with the Jamaican national team, his first coming after his rookie season in a 2-0 defeat to the United States in an Oct. 2013 World Cup qualifier.

Norwegian side Vålerenga, based in the capital, Oslo, has won Norway's League championship five times and the Norwegian cup four times. Vålerenga will start its season on April 5.

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The Rapids are 0-0-1 so far this year after a season-opening 0-0 draw against the Philadelphia Union. They will host New York City FC on Saturday, in Colorado's first home game of the season.

- Christopher Woody

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