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...Mississippi Brilla FC has added three players from the University of Northwestern Ohio to its Premier Development League squad. The trio led their team to a 17-5-2 record in route to the NAIA semi-finals.
Carlos Garces, a sophomore midfielder from Cali, Columbia, earned 2nd Team NAIA All-American honors while tallying 8 goals and 10 assists. He was also named to the NSCAA All-Mideast Region Team.
"Carlos is a player who will be able to do the simple things at a very high level,” said Brilla Head Coach Mark McKeever. "He has...Saez and Flores sign with Mississippi
Mississippi Brilla FC continues to add to its 2015 Premier Development League team with the announcement of two college standouts originally from Santiago, Chile. Manuel Saez will be returning for a second season, while Ignacio Flores becomes the first new signing announced for the upcoming season.
Saez is coming off a strong Junior season at Hannibal-LaGrange University where he was named First Team All-Conference in the American Midwest Conference. The forward posted a team high 29 points off of 10 goals and 9 assists. Saez...
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...