Mississippi Brilla

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Mississippi Brilla
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Full name Mississippi Brilla Futbol Club
Nickname(s) Brilla
Founded 2006; 12 years ago (2006)
Stadium Clinton Arrow Stadium
Clinton, Mississippi
Owner Rusty Bryant
Head Coach Mark McKeever
League Premier Development League
2017 2nd, Mid South Division
Playoffs: National Semifinals
Website Club website

Mississippi Brilla is an amateur American soccer club based in Clinton, Mississippi, United States. Founded in 2006, the team plays in the 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.

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 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.

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.

No. Position Player
United States GK Grant Adam
United States DF Jacob Alatorre
United States DF Javier Avelar
Scotland GK Jordan Bell
Morocco FW Badreddine Boulajoul
United States MF Chance Bourdene
France MF Thibaut Bourrier
England DF Richard Bryan
France DF Guillaume Campos
Portugal FW Andre De Giorgi
France MF Jeremy Despringre
United States DF Koray Easterling
Colombia FW Carlos Garces
France FW Enzo Giuliani
Kenya FW Noor Hamadi
No. Position Player
Algeria DF Chakib Hocine
United States MF Connor Johnson
Honduras DF Angelo Kelly
United States MF Troy Kiernan
Ghana MF Michael Kuwornu
Spain FW Xavi Lao
United States FW Mario Mastrangelo
United States DF Nicco Mastrangelo
United States DF Joey McCain
Canada GK Francis Monongo
United States DF Josh Palm
England MF Sinclaire Sandy
England DF Jordan Skelton
United States MF Lewis Tillman
France MF Thomas Vancaeyezeele

Head Coach[edit]

  • Scotland 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.

Former Head Coaches[edit]

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

Year-by-year[edit]

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

Honors[edit]

  • 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

Stadium[edit]

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]

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