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Mason Trafford, Miami FC Win 2017 NASL Spring Championship


Stone Sports Management LLC (Columbus, Ohio) - July 18, 2017

Stone Sports Management LLC congratulates Mason Trafford and Miami FC for clinching the 2017 NASL Spring Season Championship after the team’s dominant performance in its 7-0 win against the 2nd place San Francisco Deltas in front of its home crowd at Riccardo Silva Stadium. The Spring Season Championship meant a great deal to the Miami squad who finished last during the 2016 Spring Season in its expansion season. With a full pre-season with its core players in place, Miami FC led the NASL in Offense (33 Goals) and Defense (11 Goals Against) which established a 10 point lead over the Deltas heading into the Fall Season. 

"I could not be more happier for Mason to lift the NASL Spring season championship after accomplishing the fall title with Ottawa in 2015," reflected SSM's President and USSF Licensed Intermediary Justin B. Stone. "Mason has been Head Coach Nesta's 1st choice in Miami FC's central defense pairing since last year and can tell it means a lot to Mason and the club to lead the league in cleansheets and goals against. I know they only see the Spring title as one goal for the season and look forward to seeing how they can progress in US Open Cup play and continue their form within NASL."

A big reason for Miami’s spring success is Mason Trafford's play. The veteran Central Defender defender is among the league leaders in passes (960) and passing accuracy (92.0%) while helping the team post a league leading 7 cleansheets out of 16 games played in league play.  After leading the team in minutes in 2016, Trafford continued to be one of the minutes leaders, as he started 14 of the 16 total games and logged 1269 minutes. Mason's play earned him Team of the Week Honors three times in Week 6, Week 11 and Week 13.  In addition to being one of the best left sided Central Defenders in NASL, Trafford stood out against MLS competition in Miami FC's US Open Cup wins against Orlando City and Atlanta United.  The team's Round of 8 matchup against FC Cincinnati was postponed to August 2nd. 

"I am honored to be part of this team and extremely proud of our achievements in the NASL and US Open Cup," reflected Mason Trafford. "Miami FC as an organziation and the players have grown together since our first year, and our performances to date and this championsihp are great rewards for these efforts." 

Even though Miami FC secured a place in the NASL's Playoffs, the club is focused on the #1 seed and also winning the NASL Fall championship.  They will take a mid-season break before returning to league play for the Fall season opener on July 29th against the New York Cosmos. 

SSM wishes Mason and Miami the best of luck during the Fall season. View Championship clinching highlights against San Francisco HERE. Follow Mason Trafford on Twitter HERE.



 SportsCenter Top 10 Plays: #3 Roland Alberg's Golaso From Distance

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Roland Alberg made an immediate impact coming on as a substatitue with the Philadelphia Union leading 2-0 against the New England Revolution at Talen Energy Stadium.  On his first touch, Alberg sized up the Revs GK Cody Cropper and hit a Golaso volley in the top corner for his 3rd Goal of the season. ESPN's SportsCenter took notice and made it the #3 play on its flagship program.  Watch the goal below (at 1:52 mark) as well as Roland Alberg's Philadelphia Union career goals and stay tuned for from Roland as the MLS season continues!


 NASL Team of the Week (Spring 13): Mason Trafford

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Stone Sports Management would like to congratulate Miami FC defender Mason Trafford on his  NASL Team of the Week (Spring Week 13) selection. Mason completed 93.8 percent of his passes in Miami FC’s 4-0 Miami win against 3rd place Jacksonville Armada. He also made several important clearances and a pair of interceptions helping keep Miami FC’s 6th clean sheet of the season.

Mason not only had a great match against Jacksonville but showed his MLS quality against Orlando City in last Wednesday’s US Open Cup game,whiich marked the first time these two Florida clubs played each other. Mason logged 90 minutes and an 88.5 percent passing completion in a 3-1 Miami win in front of 5,838 fans at Orlando City Stadium. This match carried an electric atmosphere as the game was looked at as an inner-state matchup. Check out Mason’s passing statistics from the match below.

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Mason is proving to be one of the NASL’s best central defenders this season.  His 91.4 percent season passing accuracy in 994 minutes is a big reason why Miami boasts an 8-3-1 record. After leading NASL in total passes[JS1] [GW2]  in 2016, the 30-year-old veteran is currently in second place this season with 776 total passes and third in clearances (51). His totals surely would be greater had he not been sat out the previous league game against FC Edmonton in advance of the big US Open Cup match.  Head Coach Alessandro Nesta’s management worked out perfectly as evidenced by the week’s two wins and Mason’s strong performances, including the Team of the Week Honor.

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SSM wishes Mason well on his quest to bring home Miami FC's first champoinship as the club looks to cloe the Spring season in first place as well as their upcoming US Open Cup match against Atlanta United on June 28th. Check out Mason on Twitter here.

Impact Midfielder Patrice Bernier Returns to the Canadian National Team to Captain Side Against Curacao in Montreal

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Stone Sports Management congratulates Montreal Impact Captain Patrice Bernier on his return to the Canadian National Team. Canada's new Head Coach Octavio Zambrano called in the Broussard, Quebec native after a 2-year absence to lead his first starting line-up today against Curacao in a Gold Cup preparation match. The match has extra meaning to Bernier as he plays in front of his hometown fans at Stade Saputo in Montreal. The 37-year-old veteran is having a revitalized season so far in MLS and in the Canadian Championship consistently playing at a high level and one of the top players on the Impact each game. Bernier has logged 844 minutes between 9 starts and 3 substitue appearances, leading the team in assists (4) and to the Canadian Championship final against rival Toronto FC.  

Zambrano took notice and did not hesitate to include the Impact Captain in his inaugural call-ups, if there’s someone who has earned it, it’s him.” Zambrano has admired Patrice’s game for some time. “It’s his ability to find the right place and make the right pass, not waste any energy unnecessarily or put people under pressure.” As first-year coach, Zambrano is relying on Patrice to be a leader for his young Canadian team. “The game I prefer is about fluidity, transitioning the ball from defense to offence in a clever manner, and I’m counting on him (Patrice),” said Zambrano. “I convinced him for the Gold Cup, but after that, I may have another conversation for him to continue a little longer.”

Bernier is no stranger to the Canadian National Team having earned 53 caps (38 starts and 2 Goals). He made his debut for Canada November 15, 2003 and represented the country in both the 2004 CONCACAF and the FIFA 2006 World Cup Qualifiers. He logged a career high 14 consecutive matches for Canada between 2004 and 2006. In 2009, Patrice appeared in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup but missed the event in 2011 due to injury. The 5’ 9” Midfielder returned stronger than ever in 2014 after his 2013 MLS All-Star appearance helping Canada in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He last put on the Canadian jerseyon January 19 2015 against Iceland. Click HERE to watch Bernier's pre-match press conference and HERE for his interview discussing his latest Canadian National Team role.

Read more: Patrice Bernier Returns to Captain Canadian National Team

NASL Team of the Week (Spring 11): Mason Trafford

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Stone Sports Management congratulates Miami FC Defender Mason Trafford for his NASL Team of the Week (Spring Week 11) selection. Mason’s completed 92.6% of his passes (76 out of 82) and added 8 clearances in a shutout 1-0 win against Jacksonville Armada. He now leads the league in completed passes (677) and second in clearances (50).  Miami FC has the league's top ranked defense while Mason has played every minute so far this season. This is Mason's second Team of the Week performance.  SSM wishes Mason well in his remaining matches during the spring season in hopes of winning Miami FC's first championship as well as the club's progression in the US Open CUp. 




Miami’s has the top ranked defense in the NASL and Mason has played in every minute this team has played this year. 

Miami’s has the top ranked defense in the NASL and Mason has played in every minute this team has played this year. 

 NASL Team of the Week (9): Caleb Patterson-Sewell

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Stone Sports Management would like to congratulate to Jacksonville Armada’s Caleb Patterson-Sewell for earning NASL’s Team of the Week honors for Spring Week 9. Caleb played a fantastic game against the San Francisco Deltas making three saves in a 3-0 win. Click HERE to see game highlights and watch below.

Caleb, who signed a multiyear deal with Jacksonville in February, has been impsressive since returning to the NASL and has started all 9 games for the Armada. The 30-year-old goalkeeper ranks 1st in NASL in Cleansheets, Goals Against and Minutes played as well as a 73.3 percent save-to-shot ratio. This is Caleb's second Team of the Week after being selected in Week 4. Check out Caleb’s 2017 highlights below and make sure to follow Caleb on Twitter HERE.  



NASL Team of the Week (2): Swope Park Rangers Central Defender James Musa

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Stone Sports Management congratulates Swope Park Rangers' Central Defender James Musa for making USL's Team of the Week (2) on his Swope Park debut. Key stats highlighted in the club's 1-0 win against Portland Timbers II were 8 clearances and 4 interceptions. Administrative errors prevented Musa from making his debut in Week 1, so this honor reflects well on Musa's patience and impact in his debut.

[UPDATE: Since Week 3, Swope Park Rangers have employed James Musa as a #6 Defensive Midfielder and has ranked in the league's Top 5 in total passes]



Signing: Tiago Calvano's New Project with Harrisburg City Islanders

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Stone Sports Management LLC (Columbus, Ohio) - March 23, 2017

Stone Sports Management LLC is excited to announce Tiago Calvano's 2-year contract with Harrisburg City Islanders. The 35-year-old Brazilian moves to the USL after spending the last three seasons with Minnesota United FC, where he made more than 60 appearances for the Loons. His Minnesota United FC highlights included winning the Spring 2014 NASL Championship, 2014 Best XI selection, making the NASL Playoffs twice and wearing the Captain's armband. The City Islanders targeted Calvano for his leadership and experience which will make him one of the highest profiled players to play for Pennyslvania's capital club. Calvano emerged with Brazilian giants Botafogo before headnig to Italy with AC Perugia and later to Spain with Barcelona B. His European career spanned stints in Switzerland (BSC Young Boys), Germany (MSV Duisburg, Fortuna Dusseldorf) and Australia (Sydney FC). 

"I chose Harrisburg City Islanders for its tradition, and I was impressed with the Club's current ambition and the President's vision for the future," says Calvano.  "After speaking with the staff and seeing their passion for tis organization, I was impressed and knew that it was a place that I would enjoy helping contribute.  I am looking forward to the challenges for the USL season, meeting the fans, my teammates and integrating into the community!"

Despite several options, the City Islanders aggressively pursued Calvano and convinced him that it was the right place for his on-field playing career and future.  It also helped that the City Islander's new ownership group, Capelli Sport, has deep ties to one of Calvano's former clubs, MSV Duisburg in Germany. 

"Harrisburg City Islanders are making a statement signing by bringing Tiago to Harrisburg," remarked SSM's President and USSF Licensed Intermediary Justin B. Stone. "I want to thank the City Islanders' President Tiago Lopes and Head Coach Bill Becher for their patience and persistence with bringing Tiago to Harrisburg. There is a new standard in Harrisburg, and I am confident that Tiago will help the club reach new heights on and off the field."

Calvano has already joined the Islanders for pre-season and will be kicking off its 2017 USL Season on the road against the Richmond Kickers this weekend. Click HERE for the City Islanders' schedule. 


About Stone Sports Management, LLC 

From developmental to Designated Players, Stone Sports Management, LLC is a Columbus, Ohio based boutique sports agency representing football/soccer players domestically and internationally. Led by President and USSF Licensed Intermediary Justin B. Stone, SSM has established itself as a leading North American agency since its 2008 inception by taking a cooperative approach to athlete representation, which provides increased opportunities for its clients. After gaining trust from clients representing over 75 nationalities, Mr. Stone has negotiated more than 140 contracts for his clients based in Belgium, Canada, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and the United States, including more than 20 International clients to MLS/NASL/USL.

Follow Stone Sports Management on Twitter @StoneSportsMgmt


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