The Info List - Mississippi Brilla

Brilla is an amateur American soccer club based in Clinton, Mississippi, United States. Founded in 2006, the team plays in the Premier Development League
Premier Development League
(PDL), a league operating outside of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Mid South Division of the Southern Conference. The team's colors are sky blue, navy and white. Brilla is associated with Brilla Soccer Ministries, an organization which undertakes sports ministry to share Christianity
through the sport. The club’s name is derived from the Spanish word for "shine", and references the biblical passage Matthew 5:16 which says "Therefore, let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Although the club initially finished in the middle of the standings their first couple of years, Brilla has become one of the strongest PDL franchises in the Southeast on the pitch, winning their division regular season title in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2015. In 2017, the club has had their best showing in the playoffs, winning the Southern Conference Championship and advancing to the PDL Semi-finals.


1 History 2 Players & Staff

2.1 Current roster 2.2 Head Coach 2.3 Notable Players 2.4 Former Head Coaches

3 Year-by-year 4 Honors 5 Stadium 6 Supporters 7 Broadcasts 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] Mississippi
Brilla entered the PDL in 2007 to a great deal of fanfare, as the first soccer franchise in Mississippi
since the demise of the Jackson Chargers
Jackson Chargers
in 1999. Under head coach Dave Dixon, Brilla tied their first game 1-1 at home to New Orleans Shell Shockers
New Orleans Shell Shockers
in front of over 1,000 fans (with the honor of the first goal in franchise history going to James Gledhill), and although the average attendance remained high throughout the season, the on-field results were not quite as impressive. Brilla won their first game next time out, 1-0 over DFW Tornados, but then failed to register a victory in their next four games. In the end, too many ties caused Brilla's downfall - 5 on the season - and despite some impressive results, including a 5-1 hammering of Baton Rouge Capitals
Baton Rouge Capitals
in June and 5-0 demolition of Nashville Metros
Nashville Metros
in July, it was not quite enough to make the playoffs, and they eventually finished their freshman year fourth behind divisional (and eventual national) champions Laredo Heat. James Gledhill was the team's top scorer, with six goals, while Chris Rash and Tripp Harkins leds the assists stats with three apiece. Brilla's second season in the PDL was pretty much on an equal footing with their first. With new head coach Steve DeCou at the helm, attendances remained high, often topping 900 fans per game, and the team enjoyed a number of exciting victories, including a hard-fought 2-0 win over the eventual divisional champions Austin Aztex U23, a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over New Orleans Shell Shockers
New Orleans Shell Shockers
in mid-June, and a spectacular 6-2 final day victory at home against Houston Leones in which Tripp Harkins scored a brace. As was the case in 2007, however, Brilla's downfall was a lack of consistency, and their inability to string a series of results together to gain momentum: their longest streak was a 5-game run in late June and early which included three wins and two ties, including the aforementioned victory over New Orleans. Mississippi
ended the season in 4th place in the Mid South Division, just four points out of the playoffs, and with plenty to build on in 2009. Phillip Buffington was the team's most prolific goalscorer, with 8 for the season. 2009 saw Brilla's most successful start in team history. Brilla qualified for the U.S. Open Cup
U.S. Open Cup
for the first time in franchise history by going undefeated in their first four games, winning three and drawing one. Debola Ogunseye is currently the team's leading scorer with 4 goals. Players & Staff[edit] Current roster[edit] As of July, 2017.[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.


Position Player

GK Grant Adam

DF Jacob Alatorre

DF Javier Avelar

GK Jordan Bell

FW Badreddine Boulajoul

MF Chance Bourdene

MF Thibaut Bourrier

DF Richard Bryan

DF Guillaume Campos

FW Andre De Giorgi

MF Jeremy Despringre

DF Koray Easterling

FW Carlos Garces

FW Enzo Giuliani

FW Noor Hamadi


Position Player

DF Chakib Hocine

MF Connor Johnson

DF Angelo Kelly-Rosales

MF Troy Kiernan

MF Michael Kuwornu

FW Xavi Lao

FW Mario Mastrangelo

DF Nicco Mastrangelo

DF Joey McCain

GK Francis Monongo

DF Josh Palm

MF Sinclaire Sandy

DF Jordan Skelton

MF Lewis Tillman

MF Thomas Vancaeyezeele

Head Coach[edit]

Mark McKeever (2015-)

Notable Players[edit] This list of notable players comprises players who have gone on to play professional soccer after playing for the team in the Premier Development League, or those who previously played professionally before joining the team.

Michael Azira Kyle Clinton Willie Hunt David Lilly Debola Ogunseye Lucas Paulini Kyle Segebart Bryce Taylor Billy Forbes Kharlton Belmar Kellen Gulley Alec Kann Devon Fisher Oscar Jimenez

Former Head Coaches[edit]

Drew Courtney (2013-2014) Dave Dixon (2007, 2009–2012) Steve DeCou (2008)


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs US Open Cup Avg. Attendance

2007 4 USL PDL 4th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify 1,109 (6th in PDL)

2008 4 USL PDL 4th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify 935

2009 4 USL PDL 1st, Southeast Divisional Finals 1st Round[2] 852

2010 4 USL PDL 1st, Southeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify 671

2011 4 USL PDL 1st, Southeast Conference Finals Did not qualify 732

2012 4 USL PDL 4th, Southeast Did not qualify 1st Round[3] 502

2013 4 USL PDL 5th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify 564

2014 4 USL PDL 4th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify 597

2015 4 USL PDL 1st, Mid South Conference Semifinals Did not qualify 709

2016 4 USL PDL 3rd, Mid South Did not qualify 2nd Round[4]

2017 4 USL PDL 2nd, Mid South National Semifinals Did not qualify


USL PDL Southeast Division Champions 2009 USL PDL Southeast Division Champions 2010 USL PDL Southeast Division Champions 2011 USL PDL Mid South Division Champions 2015 USL PDL Southern Conference Champions 2017


Robert P. Longabaugh Field; Mississippi
College; Clinton, Mississippi (2007-2009) Harper Davis Stadium; Millsaps College; Jackson, Mississippi
(2007, 2010–2012) M&F Bank Stadium (Freedom Ridge Park); Ridgeland, Mississippi
(2 games in 2008-2009) Traceway Park, Clinton, Mississippi
Clinton, Mississippi
(4 games in 2015, 2016) Arrow Field at Clinton High School; Clinton, Mississippi
Clinton, Mississippi
(3 games in 2008-2010, 2013–2015, 2017-present)

Supporters[edit] The Mississippi
Brilla supporter club is The Blue Battalion,[5] founded in 2015. The Battalion tailgate before each home game and bring passion and noise to match days. Each home game the group selects their player of the game, who signs the large Blue Battalion flag. Broadcasts[edit] Each Mississippi
Brilla home game is broadcast live on their YouTube channel and also kept there for on demand viewing.[6] References[edit]

^ http://brillasoccer.org/pages/2017-roster ^ http://thecup.us/2009/06/09/austin-aztex-usl-1-20-mississippi-brilla-pdl/ ^ http://thecup.us/2012/05/16/2012-us-open-cup-first-round-georgia-revolution-edge-mississippi-brilla-1-0-in-ot ^ https://www.ussoccer.com/lamar-hunt-us-open-cup/open-cup-tournaments/2016-usoc/second-round/160518-usoc-second-round-okc-energy-fc-at-mississippi-brilla-fc ^ https://www.facebook.com/BlueBattalion516 ^ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiVYC2Gy675-vO_vMguUFMg

External links[edit]

Official Site Official PDL site

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Sports teams based in Mississippi


SL Biloxi Shuckers Mississippi


G League Memphis Hustle ABA Gulf Coast Flash Jackson Showboats


SPHL Mississippi

Roller derby

WFTDA Hub City Derby Dames Magnolia Roller Vixens Mississippi


PDL Mississippi
Brilla GCPL Biloxi City FC Gaffa FC

College athletics (NCAA Division I)

Alcorn State Jackson State Mississippi Mississippi
State Mississippi
Valley State Southern