DC United defender Frederic Brillant retires and joins Loudoun United coaching staff

“It is bittersweet to announce my retirement from professional football after more than 15 years as a player,” Brillant said in a statement. “I want to thank DC United and New York City FC and my Belgian clubs Beerschot AC and KV Oostende for trusting me as a player and making my career so enjoyable. Now I’m excited for this next challenge. in my life and I can’t wait to apply everything I learned as a player as a coach for the next generation.”

During a 16-year career, Brillant made over 400 professional appearances in the United States and Belgium. After starting his career in Belgium’s lower divisions with RE Bertrix, Brillant rose through the Belgian ranks to represent Koninklijke Voetbalclub Oostende (KV Oostende) on two different stints in addition to Beerschot AC before moving to MLS in 2016.

Brillant earned his National Coach B License certification through the United States Soccer Federation in December 2021, as well as his National Coach C License certification in January 2021. While still competing for DC United, Brillant worked with the DC United Academy and the USSF to earn his coaching license.

“I am delighted to welcome Fred not only to Loudoun United but also to the coaching world,” said Loudoun United head coach Ryan Martin. “Fred has had a fantastic career and has been able to play for a long time thanks to his professionalism and knowledge of the game. These characteristics will prove invaluable to our young players at the club as they continue to learn and grow. Fred will further strengthen the bond between the first team and Loudoun United and will help align the style and system of play between the two. It’s a great day for Loudoun United and the whole club to keep Fred with us in this capacity.