Although a combination of injuries and good form have given Felix Brillant a regular place in the New England Revolution's starting XI in recent weeks, the rookie attacking talent still has lingering doubts about his place in the league.
"I don't know if I belong yet," admits Brillant. "You are only as good as your next game, but I do feel better. About two weeks ago, I started to feel better. The 90-minute game (against Kansas City last weekend) really made me feel comfortable."
Surging runs through the offensive half have provided impetus for Steve Nicol's men, as the Montreal, Quebec native has operated as both an out-and-out striker and wide midfielder at various times throughout the season.
But despite his doubts, the transitional international conceded that his form has steadily improved with each passing match.
"I think that I am getting better and better with every game," said Brillant. "Hopefully, I get to the level where I can continue to play well."
Brillant said that match fitness has been a key factor, as he has finally been a constant on the field for the past three matches.
"You are able to get in there," said Brillant. "You can practice all you want, but until you get 90 minutes, your fitness levels aren't there."
Brillant's fitness comes hand-in-hand with his adjustment from Division II powerhouse Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. After a stint in the youth system of AS Cannes of the Ligue 1 in France, Brillant was a four-year standout for the Cape Cod Crusaders (PDL).
"College soccer, compared to MLS, is really slow," said Brillant. "In MLS, you need to know what you want to do with the ball before you receive it. In college, you can get away with it. The speed of play was a very big adjustment for me. The first couple of weeks I was training with the Revolution, I was a little bit out of step."
Brillant looks to continue his rich vein of form this weekend against the MetroStars.
"I thought I did pretty well last week," said Brillant. "Hopefully, I will get to play again this weekend and play well."
Kyle McCarthy is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.