Striker Brown eyes place in starting XI
THERE's plenty of competition for a starting place in the Jamaica men's senior national team participating as a guest at the 2015 Copa America tournament.
Among the group is Valerenga FC striker, Deshorn Brown, who is hungry to work his way from the bench into the starting team.
With the Reggae Boyz trailing 1-0 in their opening match on Saturday evening against defending champions Uruguay, the fleet-footed striker came off the bench late and almost found the equaliser.
"I had to climb high. I wasn't sure that I was going to get it, but it's a pity, it was so close," Brown admitted of his headed miss off a cross swung in from the left by Lance Laing.
Brown, having been sold by MLS team Colorado Rapids, has been putting away some goals in the Norwegian Division One this season and wants to up his playing time in the national shirt.
"I'm on form right now. I'm scoring goals for my club, and I hope to get a chance. I just want a chance to prove myself. I've five goals and an assist in nine games," he said, pointing to his club.
Tomorrow, the Boyz play Paraguay in their second match of the tournament, then Argentina on June 20 in their final Group B clash.
Jamaica's remaining matches will provide more opportunities for the former St James High striker, who, pointing to the upcoming Gold Cup and World Cup qualifiers, is hoping the country will have a more recognisable core.
Reggae Boyz head coach, Winfried Schaefer, has been testing numerous players as he builds a strong unit for his primary objective, World Cup 2018 qualification for Russia. Brown was a member of the squad when Jamaica last played a tournament, the Caribbean Cup, which they won.
"If you see what happened in the Caribbean Cup, we had a group of players who started from training right up. We worked hard as a team, and that's why we won the Caribbean Cup, because we stuck together. So we just have to do the same for each tournament that we play," he noted.
"A whole lot of football is there to be played; next month is the Gold Cup," the 24-year-old admitted. "If we can do things in this tournament, it would do the country proud. People would get back to loving football in Jamaica; even with crime, it would help if people can hear good news."