Bryan Perez added the icing to a dominate Wings outing, as the Wichita club defeated their MISL rivals the Norfolk Sharx. The final score: 17-4.
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The Summit League collegiate conference recently profiled former University of Missouri Kansas City Roo standout Bryan Perez, as part of the conference’s 30th Anniversary Season celebration. Bryan is considered one of the most prominent figures in the League’s history, being named the Summit League’s 2009 Offensive Player of the Year and a three-time all-region selection. He scored 29 goals and totaled 70 points during his career, ranking among the top 20 in league history in both categories. Currently, he is serving as an assistant coach for UMKC.
What was the most memorable moment of your college soccer career at UMKC?
Perez: My most memorable college soccer moment I’ll have to say was when we won The Summit League title my junior year (2008) after defeating Oakland University. There were a lot of things that made it exciting like the snow, we were down and Oakland received a red card.
What have you been doing since graduation?
Perez: I have been trying to continue my soccer career. I was with Miami FC (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers) and played indoor soccer for the Missouri Comets of the MISL. I had a big try-out in Chile with a Chilean team called Cobreloa, which I’m still waiting to hear back from. Also, I enjoy coaching youth soccer when I have time.
What was it like playing in the Summit League?
Perez: Playing in The Summit League was definitely a great experience. The Summit is a well organized conference and still improving. The great competition helped me grow as a soccer player. Also, the respect that The Summit League has, helped my value as a player and helped me build my resume.
Who have been the most influential people in your life, both on and off the soccer field?
Perez: The staff from UMKC definitely had an impact in my life in different ways, from the coaches to the athletic advisors. Everyone has been great to me. They changed my life off the field by helping me deal with school and real life. On the field, my coaches made me a better player and a better overall athlete.
What was the feeling like when you were named Summit League Offensive Player of the Year in 2009?
Perez: The feeling was great. I felt like the summer of hard work paid off and I obviously would not have been able to do it without my teammates and coaches.
The Des Moines Menace began the weekend in third-place of the PDL Heartland Conference, behind first-place Real Colorado and second-place Thunder Bay. With Real Colorado and Thunder Bay meeting on Friday and Saturday, the two teams could have eliminated the Menace from the playoff picture. Instead, Bryan Perez put the Menace squarely in the playoff picture. A win against the Kansas City Brass and the St. Louis Lions would give the Menace the tiebreaker, a spot in the playoffs and a chance at their first PDL championship since 2005.
Perez and the Menace delivered, beating the Kansas City Brass 5-1 before an announced crowd of 3,776 at Valley Stadium. Bryan Perez delivered the dagger with two quick goals in the 73rd and 74th minute. “Scoring those two goals, it was kind of like stab,” Perez said “It was kind of like putting them down,”
After spending two weeks on trial with Club de Deportes Cobreloa on the Chilean 1st Division, Bryan Perez was back in the lineup for the Des Moines Menace in USL PDL league action. And he didn’t miss a beat, adding an assist in the Menace’s 4-0 Premier Development League victory over WSA Winnipeg before an announced crowd of 3,409 at Valley Stadium.
“It was good,” Perez said. “It was good to be back.”
Perez, a graduate of Missouri-Kansas City, spent 11 days trying out for a Chilean professional team, Club de Deportes Cobreloa. His time there combined with the traveling kept him away from Des Moines for two weeks. The trip didn’t result in a contract, yet.
Chilean coaches said one could become available in December.
“I’m working every day to get to that goal,” he said. “That’s the main goal in my life.”
“Selfishly, we’re glad he’s back,” Menace coach Laurie Calloway said.
Calloway said that while Perez isn’t playing professionally now, he could eventually. “He’s technically really gifted,” Calloway said. “He knows where the goal is.”
Since receiving permission from US Soccer to play for the Des Moines Menace, Bryan Perez has made an impressive impact. Perez scored against the Kansas City Brass last week to open his account for the season. Now the Menace are touring Canada, playing two games against WSA Winnipeg and two against the Thundar Bay Chill, over the course of five days.
In the first game of the roadtrip, Perez placed a firm header in the back of Winnipeg’s net, assisted on the play by former UMKC teammate John Sosa. The Menace went on to win 2-0. ::Read More::
Perez scored again the very next day against Winnipeg, giving him a three game scoring streak. The Menace went on to win 5-4. ::Read More::
Bryan Perez opened his account for the 2011 PDL season, scoring in the 25th minute and turning provider in the 32nd minute as the Des Moines Menace defeated the Kansas City Brass 5-2.
The goal was Perez’ first of the season for the Menace.
Bryan Perez recently finished his first season of professional indoor soccer with the Missouri Comets of the MISL, and he is training and playing with the Des Moines Menace of the Professional Developmental League to prepare for trials in South America this summer.
Congratulations to S&E Entertainment clients Lucas Rodriguez and Bryan Perez, who scored their first goals of the 2011 MISL indoor season for the Missouri Comets and their first goals as professional indoor players.
Playing against MISL power the Baltimore Blast, Rodriguez scored an unassisted goal in the second period. He added an assist in the fourth period, finding Jamar Beasley with a nice pass.
Perez notched his first goal of the campaign in the fourth period with a tremendous headed effort. Unfortunately, his heroics could not salvage the win, as the Comets fell 15-13