The University of Nebraska Omaha has become the latest program to send multiple players to Mississippi to compete in the Premier Development League this summer. The Mavericks compete in the NCAA Division I Summit League, and recently completed a successful 10-5-2 season.
Emir Alihodzic, a junior from St. Louis, MO, comes to Brilla as a highly touted defensive center midfielder. Originally from Bosnia, Alihodzic logged nearly 1400 minutes in 17 games played for the Mavericks in the Fall. He was named 2nd Team All-Summit League.
"Emir is a central midfielder who plays a box to box role,” said Brilla Head Coach Mark McKeever. "He has an excellent range of passing with great vision and awareness. He has a huge engine and plays both sides of the ball very well.”
Junior midfielder Logan Mendez will be called on to impact the game from the wing. The Nebraska native was second on the team with 6 assists in 2014, and also added 1 goal.
McKeever added, "Logan is a player that will bring good pace as well as being very powerful. He can provide excellent delivery and creates problems for defenses on the flank. He has exceptional delivery on set pieces.”
Joining his two Maverick teammates in Mississippi this summer is goalkeeper Josh Christensen. The 6’4” junior from Omaha started 8 games for the Maverick’s in 2014, giving up only 4 goals.
"Josh is obviously huge presence who controls his box very well and possesses great leadership qualities that you look for in a goalkeeper,” said McKeever.