Portland Timbers keeper Brown delighted to be back in action

Adin Brown made his first full senior team appearance for Portland Timbers since 2008 when he was in goal in their MLS opener on the weekend.

The 32-year old conceded three goals in the 3-1 loss to reigning champions Colorado Rapids in their debut MLS match, marking the first time he had played a full 90 minutes in over two years.

Brown has been plagued by knee and quadriceps injuries in the last couple of seasons but finally made it back to top flight football in North America after his stints with the Rapids and New England Revolution in the early to mid 2000s before he left for Norwegian club Aalesund. He admitted there was certainly some hesitancy in the lead-up to the match.

"I was a little nervous. It had been so long," Brown told The Oregonian. "You're going to be a little nervous after not having played for so long.

“I made a couple comebacks here and there and got in a few games here and there, but after five surgeries and five or six comebacks, there are going to be some doubts.”

But Brown admits there is plenty of work for him to do before he permanently grabs the number one position at the Timbers.

"I still have a ways to go. It's only one game," he added. "It's just nice to come out, compete every day and be able to compete against some great goalkeepers. It was a good experience and fun to be able to come out and play again.”

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