Mississippi Brilla Adds Local Talent to Roster

Buffington, Roberson, and Durr sign to play with their home team.


During an offseason of change for Mississippi Brilla FC, familiarity can only bring comfort. Following a coaching change in December and a host of new players set to be announced in the coming weeks, the Premier Development League team will have quite a different look when it takes the field in May. However, three local fan favorites will be returning to usher in the new era.

“As the highest level of soccer in Mississippi, we want to be a team that local kids dream of playing for one day,” said Executive Director Rusty Bryant. “While striving to put the most competitive team on the field each summer, we also want to give Mississippi kids a chance to play at the next level.”

One local talent that has certainly taken advantage of having a PDL team in his backyard is Jackson native Phillip Buffington. Buffington, a graduate of Jackson Prep and Mississippi College, first put on a Brilla uniform during its inaugural campaign in 2007. He has gone on to play in seven of the previous eight seasons, totaling 28 goals and 18 assists.

“Phillip is the perfect example of a local product continuing his soccer career for the home team,” added Bryant. “Because he coaches in a local youth club, as well as a local high school team, he has his own fan base. His players dream of following in his footsteps.”

Madison native Stephen Roberson is returning to play his third season for Brilla in 2015. Roberson tallied 6 goals and added 1 assist in previous minutes with Brilla. He began his college playing career with the University of Tulsa, but returned home to play his Senior season with Mississippi College. He netted a team high 10 goals and also contributed 6 assists this past Fall.

“Our breakout performer in 2014 was Stephen Roberson,” said Bryant. “He continued his production at Mississippi College, and we are expecting even more from him this year.”

Defender Michael Durr of Brandon is also returning for a third season. Durr proved to be one of the most consistent players in 2014, logging over 800 minutes in 10 games played. Durr recently completed his Junior season at Longwood University where he started 17 matches.

Mississippi soccer fans can catch these local talents in action when Brilla plays its first home match on Friday, May 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm at Clinton High School’s Arrow Field.

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