Brian Billings

Brian Billings
Brian Billings
Brian Billings
Real Name: Brian Billings
HT: 6' 2" WT: 196
Age: 28 (09/10/1991)
Hometown: Apple Valley, MN

What Scouts Say: "He's a big-play goalkeeper; a big-game guy … Fantastic athleticism, loves big moments, and exudes confidence … More explosive, athletic version of Troy Perkins … I think his hands are only OK, so he ranks behind some other goalkeepers in this class He's very strong on crosses and is ahead of the curve on that … He needs a little bit of development in how to organize his back line … Above-average distribution … Great intangibles: He has experience winning big games as an underdog and facing a lot of shots."

College (Bradley 2010-13): Three-time all-Midwest region selection during four years as Bradley's starting goalkeeper … Finished second in Bradley history with 44 wins and 22 shutouts and was part of the first class in school history to reach three NCAA tournaments … Finished with an 11-3-11 (.660 winning percentage) career record in overtime games … As a senior in 2013, named second team all-Midwest region and second team all-Missouri Valley Conference … MVC Tournament MVP … Posted .793 save percentage and made a career-high 107 saves in a busy 2013 season in which he posted nine shutouts and a 1.22 goals-against-average in 22 games … Set MVC Tournament single-game record with 13 saves in quarterfinal win vs. Evansville … Also backstopped shutout win at No. 1 UConn on Sept. 14 … As a junior in 2012, earned third team all-Midwest region and second team all-MVC honors … Had his best goals-against-average (0.94) and save percentage (.816) as a sophomore in 2011, going 14-6-2 and earning third team all-Midwest region and second team all-MVC honors … Stepped into starting role early in his freshman season and helped Bradley win MVC title.

Amateur: Posted 6-1-1 record and 0.93 goals-against-average in eight starts for Ocean City Nor'easters in Premier Development League in 2013 … Ocean CIty advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open Cup, and Billings started both matches against professional teams, including 1-0 win vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) … Third round saw Nor'easters fall 2-1 on the road against the Philadelphia Union on a 93rd-minute goal.

Prep/Club: Attended Shattuck-St. Mary's (Faribault, Minn.), which operates its soccer teams as club programs … At the time, Shattuck-St. Mary's competed in U.S. Youth Soccer, and Billings allowed just one goal in a second-place finish in spring 2010 at the end of a 52-5-3 season.

Personal: Youngest of three children … Has worn helmet during games since sophomore season in high school to decrease risk of concussions.


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