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Goalkeeper Kristian Nicht Returns to Indy Eleven After MLS Stint

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Washington, DC (Stone Sports Management LLC) - May 12, 2015
Stone Sports Management LLC ("SSM") is pleased to announce Goalkeeper Kristian Nicht's return to NASL's Indy Eleven.  The 33 year-old Goalkeeper re-signs with Indy Eleven after transferring to Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact and started in the CONCACAF Final Return Leg against Mexican powerhouse Club America.  Click HERE for Indy Eleven's official announcement and below taken from the Release:
"My short time in Montreal was a great experience, but it's an honor to return to some unfinished business here with Indy Eleven," said Nicht. "Ther response from the fans initially was honestly a bit overwhelming, so I'm incredibly happy to be back in Indianapolis and playing in front of the Brickyard Battalion and the best fans in the NASL."  A sample of the overwhelming fan response can be viewed HERE to read one perspective on Kristian's impact on Indy Eleven after the Impact transfer was announced. 
Nicht started Indy Eleven’s first four 2015 NASL Spring Season contests, registering an undefeated 1W-3D-0L record.  He currently places tied for 5thamong NASL goalkeepers with at least 100 minutes of action in 2015 in both goals against average (1.00) and saves (13).  His standout play in Indy Eleven’s 2-1 win at San Antonio on April 18 earned the German his first spot on the NASL Team of the Week this season (Spring Week 3).

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(Photo Courtesy of Getty Images/Minas Panagiotakis: Above Nicht Salutes Impact Fans After Champions League Final)

"This has been such a whirlwind the last few months, especially for Kristian, and elated that he is able to return to Indy," said SSM's President and Players' Agent Justin B. Stone.  "Kristian was part of history playing in a Champions League Final and played well considering the unique situation.  The feedback has been positive and expect him to return to MLS in the future, but for now he is completely happy and focused on returning to Indy and helping the team meet its Playoff and Championship goals."

In 2014, Nicht started all 27 NASL regular season contests and both appearances in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for Indy Eleven during its inaugural season.  His 397-minute shutout streak across last September and October set a new record for a goalkeeper during the modern era of the NASL.
 

 

“We are incredibly pleased to bring Kristian back into the Indy Eleven organization,” said Indy Eleven president and general manager Peter Wilt.  “The last couple of weeks provided Kristian with a unique opportunity, and we are glad to see him back wearing an Indy Eleven uniform.”

SSM would like to thank Indy Eleven for its dilligence securing Kristian's services so quickly after his Montreal Impact stint and wishes Kristian and the club well throughout the 2015 Spring and Fall seasons. Click HERE to see Indy Eleven's schedule.
 

 Jacksonville Armada Striker Alhassane Keita Earns NASL Player of the Week

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – May 6, 2015

Stone Sports Management LLC ("SSM") would like to congratulate Striker Alhassane Keita for his achievement recognized by the North American Soccer League ("NASL") Player of the Week (Spring 5) (and of course to the NASL Team of the Week (Spring 5)). Keita was constantly involved throughout the game and was rewarded by scoring the game-winning goal in the 93rd minute to go up 2-1 against the 2014 NASL Champions San Antonio Scorpions.  Keita also added a second assist on the club's first goal and worked diligently on defense tracking all the way back to the Armada's 18-yard box on occassion.  

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This is Keita's second Team of the Week and first ever Jacksonville Armada Player of the Week Award Winner. He now is co-leader on the team with two goals (along with Marcos Flores and Jemal Johnson).  From NASL's website:

FWD: Alhassane Keita (Jacksonville Armada FC) – With time running out in Armada FC’s first match at Community First Park, a draw seemed to be the most likely result. That was until second-half substitute Akeil Barrett created space and played Alhassane Keita through on goal with just a minute left in stoppage time. The Guinean international made no mistake with the finish, scoring a dramatic winner to give Armada FC a 2-1 victory over the Scorpions.

Check out the game highlights below and congratulations to Keita!

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Transfer: Montreal Impact Buys Indy Eleven Goalkeeper Kristian Nicht Ahead Of CONCACAF Champions League Final

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – April 27, 2015

Veteran goalkeeper Kristian Nicht is on the move again to the Montreal Impact.  But this time it is Indy Eleven permanently transferring him to Major League Soccer that puts him in a position to be the last line of defense in the most important game in Canadian club history and one of the most important games in Major League Soccer's history: The CONCACAF Champions League Final Second Leg against Mexican side Club America.

The match is expected to be the most attended match in Canadian history with 61,004 tickets sold at Olympic Stadium.  After scoring an important away goal in Mexico's Azteca stadium, the Impact will advance to the FIFA World Club Championships this December in Japan should it post a clean sheet or any victory margin.  

The Montreal Impact were in desperate need of a goalkeeper after its starter Evan Bush received his second yellow card in as many games triggering an automatic suspension. After the Impact's attempt to appeal the suspension was denied, the Impact turned to a familiar face in Nicht after he had been on loan previously this season and backed up Bush during three matches in the CONCACAF Champions League in previous rounds.  

"We are very pleased to acquire an experienced goalkeeper who is having success this season and who has had success in the past," said Impact Technical Director Adam Braz.  "We know how he will integrate within the group with ease and he has spent a few weeks with us during training camp as well as  for games in Mexico and Olympic Stadium."

SSM's President and Players' Agent Justin B. Stone had already made plans to travel to Montreal for this historic ocassion but now the game has even greater implications. "This is such a special moment for Kristian and cannot wait to see him perform at a high level in front of such a large audience," remarked Stone. "Kristian has been playing really well this season for Indy Eleven and has played in front of crowds larger than 60,000, so his experience will help him and the Impact against Club America."

Nicht leaves Indy Eleven as the only player to play every minute of every game and will always be known for being the first player signed in the club's history.  He earned the 2014 Player of the Year Award and owns the NASL Modern-Day record for consecutive clean sheet minutes with 397.  His impact on the club and community can be summarized by Eleven Heaven's Editorial by clicking HERE

Read more: Transfer: GK Kristian Nicht Transferred to Impact From Indy Eleven Ahead of CONCACAF Final

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – April 22, 2015

Stone Sports Management LLC would like to congratulate Goalkeeper Kristian Nicht on his NASL Team of the Week (Spring 3) selection after a standout performance against 2014 NASL Champions San Antonio Scorpions. The Team of the Week award is Kristian's third overall since joining Indy Eleven and first during the 2015 season.  From NASL's website:

GK: Kristian Nicht (Indy Eleven) – Needing a strong team performance to earn any points on the road against the San Antonio Scorpions, Indy Eleven certainly achieved that. German goalkeeper Kristian Nicht led the charge between the posts, making four key saves to help his team defeat the defending NASL champions at Toyota Field.

Check out the match highlights below and congratulations once against Kristian!

 


 

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – April 14, 2015

Stone Sports Management LLC would like to congratulate Minnesota United FC Defender Tiago Calavano for earning NASL Team of the Week (Spring 2) after a strong season debut for the Loons.  Calvano's standout play helped Minnesota start its season (after a Week 1 bye) with a clean sheet.  From NASL's website:

DEF: Tiago Calvano (Minnesota United FC) - With the Rowdies finding the back of the net three times in their season-opening win, the Loons’ backline was always going to need to put in a strong shift – and that’s exactly what they did. Led by the strong play of Brazilian defender Calvano, United kept a clean sheet in its first game of the 2015 season.

Armada Captain Alhassane Keita Earns Man of the Match in NASL Record Breaking Match

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – April 7, 2015

Jacksonville Armada Striker Alhassane Keita made history in several ways on a record-breaking night for the 2015 NASL expansion franchise.  First, Keita became the Armada's first ever Captain earning the armband from Co-Head Coaches Guillermo Hoyos and Jose Villarreal. Second, Keita earned the Farah's Man of the Match making him the first ever to earn this Award.  Third, he became the first Armada player (along with Jemal Johnson) to be named to the NASL Team of the Week (Spring 1).  What makes these accolades even more special is that his strong performance was in front of an NASL modern-day record 16,164 fans at EverBank Field.

"What can I say? I am very excited," forward Alhassane Keita said. "This was a historic game tonight.  We showed to everybody that we are ready.  It is not just today, we want to be like this throughout the season."

Keita was a thorn in FC Edmonton's side throughout the match and finally broke through in the 34th minute after stripping FCE central defender Mallan Roberts.  He then proceeded with a few touches, nutmegging Roberts and unleashing a shot that beat the outstretched hands of FC Edmonton's Goalkeeper Matt VanOekel.

"This is a great start for Alhassane's Armada career," remarked SSM's President and Players' Agent Justin B. Stone.  "Keita showed his abilities after breaking through against Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union during pre-season where he probably should have had a hat-trick. There is a reason the NASL named him to Top 11 Players to Watch, and I expect him to continue to do well during the season."

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 Congrats once again to Keita on his historic achievements! Check out Keita's goal by watching the video below:  

Adailton Scores His First Chicago Fire Goal and Earns Man of the Match

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – March 30, 2015

Adailton's first match after receiving his wife and son from Brazil was a special one. Not only was this the first time he played in front of his son, but the 31 year-old Brazilian earned Man of the Match, after scoring the game winning goal from a Harrison Shipp corner-kick and leading the defense to its first clean sheet of the season.  Head Coach Frank Yallop praised the central defending pair of Adailton and Fire Captain Jeff Larentowicz after not allowing a shot on frame against the Philadelphia Union helping the side earn its first victory in 2015 with a 1-0 win.  

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Adailton’s goal, just the Fire’s second of the season, was extra special as he had his family watching from the Toyota Park stands for the first time.  “I’m so excited,” the 31-year-old said. “It’s so funny because my family arrived on Friday, my son, my wife and my mother-in-law, and before the game I said, ‘Today I will score for you,’ I said to my baby. And when I scored, it was such a nice moment I will never forget.”

Adailton has received praise for his performances so far this season, as he was brought in by Head Coach Frank Yallop and his staff to solidify the backline after a dismal 2014 performance. 

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(Above: Chicago Fire's Adailton Beats Philadelphia Union Goalkeeper Raise M'bohli To The Ball To Make It 1-0)

"I am so happy for Adailton to welcome his family to the United States by scoring a goal for them and to help the Chicago Fire earn its first clean sheet," praised SSM's President and Players' Agent Justin B. Stone.  "This is a sign that Adailton is adapting to Major League Soccer, and I expect him and the Fire defense to get stronger as the season progresses."

Check out Adailton's Post-Game Interview as well as Match Highlights below.  Congrats again to Adailton!

 

 James Musa Selected as Saint Louis FC's Inaugural Captain

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – March 29, 2015

Stone Sports Management LLC is pleased to recognize that 2015 USL Expansion Franchise Saint Louis FC has appointed New Zealand International James Musa as the club's Captain for the inaugural season.  Head Coach Dale Schilly selected Musa after the pre-season where it is expected Musa will lead the team from his left central defender position.  Musa first wore the Captain's armband in the club's opening match away at Louisville City. Musa was strong throughout the game despite the club conceding two goals and ended up falling 2-0 in front of 6,067 fans.  

"This is a tremendous honor for James," remarked SSM's President and Players' Agent Justin B. Stone.  "James immediately acclimated himself in St. Louis and provided confidence to the club's coaching staff and teammates that he could help lead them in their inaugural USL Pro season."

Saint Louis FC will travel away to meet Tulsa Roughnecks before opening their home fixtures the following weekend against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.  Click HERE to see Saint Louis FC's schedule and follow Musa's progression throughout the USL Pro season.

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