With the start of the Premier Development League season just over a month away, Mississippi Brilla FC has added a quartet of local college talent. Three of the four players are no strangers to Brilla as they logged minutes in previous seasons.
Goalkeeper Carl Blundell and midfielder Eduardo Cruz are graduates of Belhaven University in Jackson, MS, and both were a part of the 2012 NAIA National Championship team. Blundell, a native of York, England, was the starting goalkeeper for most of Brilla’s 2014 season. He logged over 1000 minutes in 12 games, registering 65...With summer just around the corner, Mississippi Brilla FC is preparing to train young soccer players through its summer camp series. Brilla represents the highest level of soccer in the state of Mississippi through its Premier Development League team, and the team uses its experienced coaches and players to offer high quality camps for all ages and skill levels throughout the summer.
“We are excited about another full summer of camps for the kids and youth of Mississippi,” said Executive Director Rusty Bryant. “With the coaching staff and quality of players that we are bringing...When Mississippi Brilla takes the field in May for it’s ninth season in the Premier Development League, a new crop of talent will be looking to move up in the professional ranks. If the past is any indication, Brilla will be the “Path to Pro” for several aspiring professional soccer players.Last summer the PDL unveiled it's “Path to Pro" marketing slogan. With over 70% of the players drafted in the MLS SuperDraft coming from the PDL, the league is clearly the first step along the path to becoming a professional soccer player. Mississippi Brilla FC is...The Premier Development League may seem far removed from the professional ranks of England, but former Middlesbrough defender Paul Weldon is hoping a change of scenery will lead to new opportunities.
"After having a good talk with Coach Mark Mckeever my mind was made up to play in the PDL,” said Weldon. "I am hoping to be part of a very successful season for Mississippi Brilla and advance to the further stages of the competition.”Weldon added, “Personally, I am very ambitious, so hopefully this opportunity can help me return to the...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...Mississippi Brilla FC continues to build its roster for the 2015 Premier Development League season with the additions of Juan Ibarra and Perica Obradovic. Both players are coming off of strong college seasons in which they led their teams to NAIA national rankings. Ibarra’s UT-Brownsville team finished 24-1 with a #2 final ranking. Their lone defeat came in the national championship match. Obradovic helped guide Oklahoma Wesleyan to a #23 national ranking and a 14-5-2 record.
Ibarra is a native of Brownsville, TX, and scored 3 goals for his hometown college team in the Fall. Mississippi will...