Photo courtesy Charlotte Independence
RENO, Nev. – Reno 1868 FC announced on Friday it had signed Jamaican forward Brian Brown and goalkeeper Russell Klabough, pending league and federation approval. Brown is expected to play up front alongside fellow Jamaican Dane Kelly. Klabough becomes the first goalkeeper signed by the club.
Brown, 24, arrives from USL Eastern Conference side the Charlotte Independence, for whom he recorded nine goals in 27 appearances in the 2016 regular season to help Charlotte reach the USL Cup Playoffs for the first time. Brown had previously played the Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer club Philadelphia Union, where he recorded two goals in eight appearances in 2014, and Harbor View FC in Jamaica’s Red Stripe Premier League, where he won the RSPL Golden Boot in 2013 after scoring 18 goals.
“I’m really excited to add Brian to our roster,” said 1868 FC Head Coach Ian Russell. “He scored a lot of goals last year and will complement our strike force alongside Dane and Mackenzie [Pridham].”
Klabough, 22, played as goalkeeper for the Midland/Odessa Sockers FC in the Premier Development League last year. Klabough guided the team to its best season in club history with an 8-3-3 record, conceding just four goals while making 17 saves. Klabough also played collegiately at California State University, Stanislaus, and last fall led the Warriors to a 14-3-3 record, allowing 20 goals on 249 shots.
“Russ is a big, talented keeper that has a lot of potential,” said Russell. “I’m looking forward to seeing his growth this year.”