Mississippi Brilla

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Mississippi Brilla
Full name Mississippi Brilla Futbol Club
Nickname(s) Brilla
Founded 2006
Stadium Clinton High School Stadium
Clinton, Mississippi
Ground Capacity 3,000
Owner Rusty Bryant
Head Coach Mark McKeever
League USL Premier Development League
2014 4th, Southeast
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

Mississippi Brilla is an American soccer club based in Clinton, Mississippi, United States. Founded in 2006, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Southeast Division of the Southern Conference. The team's colors are pale blue, dark blue 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 struggled in the middle of their conference standings, Brilla became one of the strongest PDL franchises in the Southeast on the pitch, winning the conference regular season title in 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2011, the club had their best showing in the playoffs, reaching the conference finals.


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 in 1999. Under head coach Dave Dixon, Brilla tied their first game 1-1 at home to 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 in June and 5-0 demolition of 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 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 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.


Current roster[edit]

As of May 29, 2012.[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Phil Boerger[2]
1 United States GK Davis Griffin[3]
2 United States DF Isaac Owusu[4]
3 United States DF Larry Jones[5]
4 United States MF Stephen Roberson[6]
5 Jamaica MF Wendell James[7]
5 Uganda MF Musa Mawanda[8]
6 United States DF Kyle Culbertson[9]
7 Brazil MF Guilherme Brandao[10]
8 United States MF Kharlton Belmar[11]
10 Sweden MF Anteneh Lemma[12]
No. Position Player
11 England DF James Moore[13]
12 Republic of Ireland MF Orrin Farrell[14]
13 United States MF Devon Fisher[15]
14 Turks and Caicos Islands FW Billy Forbes[16]
15 Kenya FW Chrispin Ochieng[17]
16 United States DF Thomas Shannon[18]
17 United States FW Phillip Buffington[19]
18 Brazil MF Felipe Silva[20]
23 United States DF Garrett Harvey[21]
United States DF Jonathan Brown[22]
United States MF Nick Aguilar[23]

Notable former players[edit]

This list of notable former players comprises players who went 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.


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2007 4 USL PDL 4th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2008 4 USL PDL 4th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2009 4 USL PDL 1st, Southeast Divisional Finals 1st Round
2010 4 USL PDL 1st, Southeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2011 4 USL PDL 1st, Southeast Conference Finals Did not qualify
2012 4 USL PDL 4th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 5th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2014 4 USL PDL 4th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2015 4 USL PDL 1st, Mid South TBD Did not qualify


  • USL PDL Mid South Division Champions 2015
  • USL PDL Southeast Division Champions 2011
  • USL PDL Southeast Division Champions 2010
  • USL PDL Southeast Division Champions 2009

Head coaches[edit]

  • Scotland Mark McKeever (2015)
  • United States Drew Courtney (2013-2014)
  • United States Dave Dixon (2007, 2009–2012)
  • United States Steve DeCou (2008)


Average attendance[edit]

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at http://www.uslsoccer.com/history/index_E.html.

  • 2007: 1,019 (6th in PDL)
  • 2008: 935
  • 2009: 852
  • 2010: 671
  • 2011: 732
  • 2012: 502
  • 2013: 564
  • 2014: 597

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