Name: Brett Landles
A versatile player in the middle of the park who can play with ease in central defense and in the midfield. A blend of technical ability and physical strength with a professional approach to games and training.
Bobby Smyrniotis on Landles:
Brett has been a tremendous player within our academy over the years. His mentality and dedication to training and constantly looking for ways to improve his game have helped him immerge as a top player in the recruiting process. His professional approach to the game will translate very well at the NCAA level especially in one of the Nation’s top conferences in the MVC (Missouri Valley Conference). He will do great for his new coaching staff at Missouri State. It has been a pleasure to work with him over the years and watch him grow and develop. I look forward to following his next steps and especially his conference matches with the University of Evansville where he will face his SIGMA teammate and good friend Arlick Ntabana along with Mark Anthony Gonzalez who has done a great job in his first two years in the MVC. Congrats to the Landles family for your commitment to SIGMA and the game over the years and your tireless effort to travel back and forth from Barrie.
In His Own Words:
"I have been part of Sigma FC for more than four years and have chosen to attend Missouri State University for the fall of 2014. After visiting several universities, I knew Missouri was for me. The main factors that impacted my choice were the academic opportunities that they offered and the commitment to athletics, especially within the soccer program. They are the reigning Missouri Valley Conference champions for 2013 and have won the conference 3 out of the last 5 years. I had a great overall feeling when I visited the school. All the coaches and players made me feel welcome. Coach Leamy and Coach Seabolt were fantastic. They outlined their plan going forward for the team, and I knew that I could play a role in this plan. Missouri plays a possession-based style of soccer, which fits right in with the way I have been playing at Sigma FC. Their athletic facilities are very impressive, and they are in the final stages of building a new soccer facility for the 2014 season.
"I also found it interesting to see that they have a truly international roster that includes several players from England, Australia, New Zealand and now a Canadian. "The training and coaching that is offered at Sigma is one of the main reasons why I have developed into the player that I am today. The intensity of the training sessions and the technical and tactical drills have helped me develop the skills to play at the next level. "Coach Bobby and all the coaches at Sigma preach discipline and technique above all else. They develop a player with strong technical and tactical skills and help the players develop a better mental mindset for the game. I am sure this is the difference between where I am today, and where I would have been, without the coaching Sigma FC provides. I would like to thank all the coaches at Sigma FC, from my first year with Coach Dave, then Coach Phil, Coach John and especially Coach Bobby. "I truly know that without you I would not have been able to have this opportunity to play at the next level. I hope to make Sigma FC proud in the next four years.
Associate head coach Michael Seabolt on Landles:
"Brett is a strong player that combines size, athletic ability, and technical skill. He is going to immediately compete for playing time anywhere in the back or defensive midfield. I have known Brett for a number of years after working with him at a summer camp. He is a determined athlete and carries himself well on and off the field. Brett plays for Sigma FC, one of the top clubs in the Toronto area and a club that has consistently produced elite NCAA Division I soccer players. Thanks to family ties in Scotland Brett also has had the opportunity to train with numerous top Scottish youth academies, including Motherwell, Hamilton, and Celtic."