By MATT STYPULKOSKI
Deshorn Brown is on the move.
The Colorado Rapids announced Tuesday that the striker has been sent to Valerenga IF in the Norwegian Tippeligaen.
“Growing up, it was my aim to explore, get to different countries, different environments, have experiences and just travel all over the world,” Brown told ESPNFC. “Other players have gone before me and watching them over the years was a big motivation for me. Now, I’m following in their footsteps and trying to reach higher.”
The 24-year-old Jamaican led the Rapids in scoring during his first two years in MLS, tallying 10 goals each season.
Brown’s move leaves the Rapids thin up top, with Gabriel Torres, who scored three goals in 23 appearances last season, and 2015 MLS SuperDraft fourth-round pick Dominique Badji, as the best remaining options up top.
“Although we are sad to see him go, this move is an opportunity Deshorn wanted and, on the club side, gives us the flexibility to continue strengthening the squad as we move forward,” Paul Bravo, the Rapids’ VP of Soccer Operations and Technical Director, said in a statement.
Here are some other notes from around MLS:
SOUNDERS SIGN 10-YEAR LEASE EXTENSION WITH CENTURYLINK FIELD
CenturyLink Field has become one of the best environments in MLS and the Seattle Sounders won’t be leaving their home stadium any time soon.
On Monday, the club announced that it has signed a 10-year lease extension with the stadium, which also houses the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.
“CenturyLink Field is a premier facility that gives our players, fans and partners a first-class experience,” Sounders owner Joe Roth said in a statement. “For these reasons and more, we are pleased to call CenturyLink our long-term home, as Sounders FC continues to set the standard for our sport on and off the field.”
ORLANDO CITY INKS STATEWIDE BROADCAST DEAL
Fans across the Sunshine State will be able to watch Orlando City matches.
The club announced on Monday that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Fox Sports Florida and Sun Sports. As a result, Orlando City’s regionally broadcast matches will be available throughout the state of Florida. Those matches will also be available on the FOX Sports GO app.
“As the television home for Florida sports, FOX Sports Florida is proud to welcome the Orlando City Soccer Club to our programming line-up,” said Tim Ivy, Director of Programming for FOX Sports Florida / Sun Sports, said in a statement. “Sports fans of all ages throughout Florida have shown an affinity for soccer and we look forward to bringing Major League Soccer and the Orlando City brand to viewers statewide.”
EARTHQUAKES HIT 12,000 SEASON TICKETS
New stadiums have been known to give MLS teams a boost. So far, it looks like that may be the case once again when the San Jose Earthquakes christen their new home.
The Earthquakes have already played a preseason match at Avaya Stadium, but the first meaningful game in their new home will take place against the Chicago Fire on Sunday. In advance of the occasion, the club announced Monday that it had reached 12,000 season tickets sold.
In turn, the Earthquakes have opted to cap season-ticket sales for the 18,000-seat building, though fans can still have their name placed on the waiting list.
The Montreal Impact have re-acquired Kristian Nicht on another short-term loan to provide cover at goalkeeper in the CONCACAF Champions League. (REPORT)
The Red Bulls have signed Jamaican international Kemar Lawrence. (REPORT)
Columbus Crew waived their second-round pick from the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, forward Sagi Lev-Ari. (REPORT)
What do you think of these reports? What do you think of Brown’s potential move? How do you feel about the Sounders staying at CenturyLink Field? What do you make of Orlando City’s new TV deal?
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