By Datti Jinkiri
Mississippi Brilla FC Coach Mark McKeever has bolstered his 2017 squad with the signings of Thomas Vancaeyezeele and Enzo Giuliani, pending league approval. These two are the latest Frenchmen to make their way to Mississippi, and both will be expected to add quality and experience to the team.
Vancaeyezeele, a Caan native, recently finished a fruitful season at the University of Charleston. The team won the NEC Tournament and finished as runners-up in the NCAA Division II Tournament. The 5-11 defender was a mainstay on the Golden Eagles' backline, making 17 starts. He tallied one goal and helped the defense pitch six shutouts.
“Thomas is a gifted player.” McKeever said. “Having played at a great level in France and also in the DII championship game, it is clear that he has potential to play at the next level. Thomas is a versatile player that can play a number of defensive roles. Off the ball, he provides a lot of athleticism, and on the ball, he is very composed and consistently does the simple things. I am excited to work with Thomas this summer!”
Giuliani, a forward/midfielder, scored eight goals in 18 matches for Southern New Hampshire University this season. The Toulouse native was key in leading the Penmen to a fifth place finish in the competitive Northeast-10 Conference and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
“Enzo is a player that could currently be playing in the USL. His creativity and ability to change the environment is exceptional,” McKeever said. “Enzo will be one of our more mature players, and I feel his experience will be instrumental in helping guide this strong Brilla team to success this year.”
McKeever continued, “Enzo ticks a lot of boxes as an attacking player, and I am surprised he does not already have a pro contract. I feel that a strong summer for Enzo could help him on his way to achieving that pro contract.”
Brilla will open the 2017 PDL season with a May 20th road game against Peachtree City MOBA. The club’s home opener is scheduled for Thursday, May 25th at Clinton High School Arrow Field.