D.C. United defender Frederic Brillant announced his retirement from professional football, and will join the Loudoun United FC technical staff as an assistant coach, it was announced Tuesday.
The center back spent the last four years as a staple of D.C. United’s backline, recording 99 appearances for the Washington D.C. side.
“It is bittersweet to announce my retirement from professional soccer after over 15 years as a player. I want to thank D.C. United and New York City FC in addition to my Belgian clubs Beerschot AC and K.V. Oostende for trusting me as a player and making my career so enjoyable,” Brillant said in a statement.
“Now, I am excited about this next challenge in my life and am looking forward to applying everything I’ve learned as a player as a coach for the next generation.”
His career spanned 16 years, making over 400 professional appearances in the United States and Belgium.
He first started in the lower divisions of Belgium with RE Bertrix before representing K.V. Oostende over two different stints in addition to Beerschot AC.
Brillant made his move to Major League Soccer in 2016 by signing with New York City FC, where he spent two seasons.
“I am excited to welcome Fred not only to Loudoun United but also to the coaching world. Fred had a fantastic career and was able to play for a long time because of his professionalism and knowledge of the game. These characteristics will prove to be invaluable to our young players at the club as they continue to learn and grow,” Loudoun United head coach Ryan Martin said.
“Fred will further strengthen the connection between the first team and Loudoun United and help align the style and system of play between the two. This is a great day for Loudoun United and the whole club to keep Fred with us in this capacity.”
Brillant completed his National B Coaching License certification through the United States Soccer Federation in December 2021, as well as his National C Coaching License certification in January 2021. He also worked with the D.C. United Academy and USSF to gain his coaching accreditation.