CLINTON, Miss. - It's good to be back! Mississippi Brilla FC's last USL League Two game was on July 3, 2019. That was 682 days ago. The COVID-19 pandemic had caused a one-year pause in USL League Two, as it did with many leagues and events over the last year. But Mississippi Brilla FC was finally able to be back in action in 2021, and the team began the campaign with a 3-0 win over Round Rock SC.
Orlando Lozano opened the scoring in the 33rd minute. Midfielder David Medeiros whipped in a wonderful free kick into the box, and the Colombian defender nodded the ball into the back of the net.
Winger Jalen James doubled Brilla's lead in the 68th minute. His initial shot was blocked, but he followed up and beat the sprawling Muhammed Sule with a powerful strike.
James Ndubueze ended the scoring in stoppage time. The Azusa Pacific product collected Arturo Astorga's flick and lashed a 30-yard dipping half-volley that beat Sule.
Brilla held the advantage in shots 17-5. Forward Ciro Damine led the team with six.
Brilla committed 12 fouls to Round Rock's six. Brilla also held the advantage in corner kicks 4-1.
Alejandro Chavarria earned the victory in goal, making only one save. Sule was the busier goalkeeper, making six saves.
Mississippi Brilla FC will be back in action against Corpus Christi FC for the second match of a three-game homestand on Tuesday night. Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m. from Clinton High School.