Deshorn Brown got his first taste of the Jamaican National Team as a senior in high school. He's hoping this time around, he gets to take at least a little bite.
In 2009, Brown - 18 at the time - was one of roughly 40 players brought in to Jamaica's camp ahead of a friendly match against Argentina. While he didn't make the game day roster, he's been dreaming of the moment he'd wear his country's colors ever since.
Late last week, Brown was called up for his first official Jamaican national team roster ahead of Friday's World Cup Qualifying match against the United States and next week's match against Honduras.
"I wasn't really celebrating," Brown told ColoradoRapids.com on hearing the news. "But I feel good about myself. I've been waiting for it for a very long time and it finally happened. I'm just going to take advantage of it."
Brown's outstanding rookie season with the Colorado Rapids caught the eye of new Jamaican head coach, Winfried Schafer, who took the reigns of the team in July.
When Brown flew back to Jamaica to attend his grandmother's funeral, he had a chance encounter with Schafer. It was then that the German-born Schafer told the 22-year-old that he was on the national team's radar.
Now Brown has a realistic shot at wearing his country's colors.
"That's going to be the greatest feeling," he said. "Walking in that locker room to play the U.S., and looking at that jersey. I don't know if I'm going to get any playing time, but it will feel good to put that jersey on again."
Brown, who leads the Rapids with nine goals this season, understands it will be "a new environment" to be with his national team, and he's ready to savor every second he's with the group.
"To be honest, I don't know," he said of potentially seeing action against the U.S. "I'm just going and whatever happens, happens. But if I get 30 seconds, I'll really appreciate it."
While not mathematically eliminated from contention to make the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Jamaica's chances are slim. As the sixth place team, the Reggae Boyz will need to defeat the U.S. Friday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas (4:30 p.m. MT, ESPN) and then beat Honduras on Oct. 15 in Jamaica, while hoping Panama and Mexico stumble.