You may look at the name of this individual and wonder well who is this Melvin Brown? Melvin Brown is a former Mexican International defender. What is his link to Jamaica? Melvin’s paternal grandparents are from Jamaica. In the early 1950’s they left Jamaica for Mexico to seek better working opportunities. An interview was done with him.
Q and A with Melvin Brown
Melvin Brown is a former Mexican International defender who was a member of Mexico’s squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea. Between 2001 and 2003 he gained 10 caps for El Tri but more interestingly he has Caribbean roots. The 37 year old Brown has Jamaican roots.
Q: Who in your family has Caribbean heritage?
A: I was born in Veracruz, Mexico to Mexican parents. My paternal grandfather George Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica back in the 1930’s. He worked in agriculture for a number of years and then a few decades later he moved to Mexico for a job opportunity and here I am today. Many people wonder why a Mexican like me has an English last name but it is because of my Jamaican roots.
Q: Did representing Jamaica internationally ever cross your mind growing up?
A: Sometimes it did, but Mexico is the country of my birth so I felt I made the right decision. I love Jamaica yes and I am proud of my history, but looking back, I don’t have any regrets on my footballing career. I wish I could understand the Jamaican creole patois though (laughs).
Q: In the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final between Mexico and Jamaica, who were you supporting?
A: I was cheering for both teams. I wanted both teams to score in the game. It was bittersweet yes but I am happy Mexico won, I felt we were the best team in that tournament, but Jamaica showed in this tournament that they are no pushover in CONCACAF. I would not be surprised in 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup if it is a Mexico vs Jamaica final again. They have pace, power, and they are physically strong, so that is the final I predict.
Q: In September 2001, you came to Jamaica for the first time and played them in a World Cup qualifier where you broke their 53 match unbeaten run at the National Stadium, tell me your experience visiting your roots on this occasion.
A: This was quite an experience for me. The media swarmed me and wanted to know more about my Jamaican roots, I was like a mini-celeb for a few days there. I didn’t play but I soaked up the atmosphere and just being in Jamaica made me feel I am in my 2nd home. Beating them 2-1 thanks to two goals from Cuauhtémoc Blanco was a surprise, we knew how strong they were at home and I feel this was the game were Mexico rose back in CONCACAF as a stronger team.
Q: You were part of Mexico’s squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan but didn’t play. Was that tough for you?
A: It was a difficult experience yes, but I was one of the 23 players chosen for my country so for me that was just a wonderful feeling. Yes I did not play but I played a key role in the qualifiers and we went to the Round of 16. Many top players in Mexico don’t even get to go to a tournament, so for me, it was a reward even being there.
Q: Do you have any intention of getting involved in coaching?
A: Coaching is definitely something I am working on. I have plans to do more and I would like to coach a Mexican club one day and hopefully from there get involved in the national team at some point.