Colorado Rapids forward Deshorn Brown has said his involvement in the Jamaican national team provided the motivation behind his Player of the Week performance against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday.
Brown netted a brace as the Rapids ran out 3-0 winners in Commerce City, and that was enough to earn him Major League Soccer's weekly award.
His first was a brilliant downwards header, with his second a trademark perfectly-timed run and neat finish.
This showing came just six days after the 23-year-old had gained his seventh cap international cap in a 2-1 defeat to Serbia at Red Bull Arena.
And the runner-up for the 2013 Rookie of the Year award cited his experience in New Jersey as the inspiration behind his achievements at the weekend.
"I went there and saw a lot of stuff that motivated me to come back here and work harder. It’s a good thing for me."
He continued: "I just have to go there and do the best that I can and come back here and do the best that I can as well. Every time I go, I just come back with a different motivation and try to do my best all the time."
Brown was the sixth overall pick in last year's MLS SuperDraft, and fired 10 goals in 31 games in his debut season.
This campaign has been more difficult for the speedy forward though, scoring only twice in 11 matches prior to Sunday's double.
He has managed the same number of strikes for the Reggae Boyz since making his debut in a World Cup qualifier against the United States last October, and is now considered a key component of Winfried Schafer's squad.
Club commitments have seen Brown miss recent friendlies as Jamaica have faced Switzerland and Egypt however, and he will again be absent when they travel to France this weekend.
Despite his starring role last week, the powerful front-man was left on the bench for Colorado's 0-0 draw at home to the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night – Pablo Mastroeni instead opting to hand Danny Mwanga and Marlon Hairston their second and third starts of the season respectively.
This decision was made with Saturday's trip to FC Dallas in mind, but with the Rapids struggling to break their visitors down and the game scoreless, Brown was introduced as a 59th minute substitute in place of Mwanga.
He made an immediate impact, using his pace to cause the Fire defence problems, and forcing the goalkeeper into a near-post save.
The Manchester-born man was lively throughout his cameo, but couldn't inspire his teammates to victory. He and Colorado will now head to Texas in the hope that they can return to winning ways and continue to climb the table.
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