So this Brian Brown guy might be on his way to becoming a Philly fan favorite, huh?
In one of the cooler and more improbable moments of the season, the 21-year-old kid on loan from Jamaica scored the game-tying goal against the defending champs on national TV to help the Union earn a tough road point against Sporting Kansas City on Friday night.
Watch the buildup to the goal (above). Brown’s first touch of the game – just two minutes after coming in for Conor Casey – is an outlet pass out wide to Ray Gaddis. Brown then races into the box, calls for the ball and finishes a cross from Gaddis with a header to tie the game at 1-1 in the 71st minute, helping the Union improve to 2-0-1 in their last three visits to Sporting Park (perhaps the toughest stadium in MLS) and 5-1-3 in all competitions under interim manager Jim Curtin.
But the best part? Instead of celebrating (and if you’ve ever been to the Penn Relays, you know ho much Jamaicans love to sing and dance), Brown decided to run to the sidelines to salute Curtin – which was his way of thanking him for believing in him.
After the game, in a national TV interview, he was asked why he didn’t celebrate by NBC Sports announcer and former goalkeeper Shep Messing (an eccentric guy who once posed naked in a magazine, which I’m not sure why I’m telling you.)
Shep Messing *might* not be the most interesting man in the world, but they definitely get together for happy hours. #SKCvPHI— Charles Boehm (@cboehm) August 2, 2014
And Brown, who was very quiet and soft-spoken in his first couple of interviews with Philly reporters, did a great job explaining why he wanted to thank his coach first – even as Kansas City fans screamed wildly behind him and Messing got closer to him than any SKC defender did all game.
You gotta love those Jamaicans.