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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]

 

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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. 

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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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Farewell: Tiago Calvano's Minnesota United FC Chapter Ends

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Stone Sports Management LLC (Columbus, Ohio) - March 22, 2017

After more than 60 appearances for Minnesota United FC, Tiago Calvano is moving on after agreeing to a mutual termination. The 35 year-old Brazilian joined the Loons in February 2014 and immediately made an impact helping the club to the Spring 2014 NASL Championship and would later be named to the NASL Best XI and Golden Ball nominee. In response to his stellar play that season, Minnesota United FC extended him for an additional two seasons while the club's uncertain future whether it would join MLS loomed. Calvano wore the Captain's armband on numerous occasions, participated in the NASL Playoffs and integrated well in the Twin Cities' community. Other highlights included playing friendlies against Swansea and AFC Bournemouth as well as obtaining his US Permanent Residency a/ka US Green Card.

"Tiago has been a consummate professional throughout his time with Minnesota and played an important role in the club's development," remarked SSM's President and USSF Licensed Intermediary Justin B. Stone. "Although his Minnesota United FC chapter closes on the playing front, a new and exciting project begins for Tiago, and the mutual respect between the Club and Player leaves the door open in the future."  

Below is Calvano's goodbye note. SSM would like to echo his remarks and thank those with Minnesota United FC throughout these past years. Stay tuned to learn which club Calvano will sign with for the 2017 season!  

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After an incredible three years in Minnesota, it is time for me to say goodbye.  It was an honor to represent the club and a privilege to play in front of amazing fans that rivaled or exceeded my past clubs. A special thanks to the Dark Clouds who made every home game a memorable experience! 

In 2014, my family and I took a big step moving from Australia and started our “American Dream,” which became a reality when I received my US Green Card.  Thank you to my agents Justin Stone and Damone Priestley who provided me with this great opportunity and being there throughout. 

I will never forget lifting the Spring NASL Championship, the honor of wearing the Captain’s armband and the memories with my teammates, staff and the fans.  A special thanks to the Club and staff members who welcomed me and were always there to assist me. 

The Twin Cities will always be special to me and wish nothing but success for the club and community as it grows in Major League Soccer.  

I am happy to continue to play in America for two more seasons and will be announcing soon my new project. 

This is goodbye for now… but once a Loon, always a Loon!              

 

Tiago Calvano #5

 

 MLS Team of the Week (3): Patrice Bernier

Stone Sports Management would like to congratulate Montreal Impact Captain Patrice Bernier for his stellar performance in the Big Apple and MLS naming him to the Team of the Week (3). Not only did Bernier provide the Impact's game-tying assist on a well flighted long ball over the top to Dominic Oduro, but he had a incredible 93% passing accurany, including three Key Passes.  He also made several important recoveries and showed a skillset when he performed a "Sombrero" over Andres Pirlo getting out of his own box area. Bernier now leads all MLS players with three assists in three matches and went the full 90 minutes for the first time this season.  Also Bernier earned club milestones with his 200 game played and over 15,000 minutes played. 

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Check out his Opta game statistics and watch his Sombrero! Congrats again Patrice and looking forward to seeing more impactful performances! 

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Retirement: Adailton dos Santos Filho Retires After 15-Year Career

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Stone Sports Management LLC (Columbus, Ohio) - March 1, 2017

Stone Sports Management LLC ("SSM") would like to recognize Brazilian defender Adailton dos Santos Filho's fantatsic career as he announces his retirment with Miami FC. The 33 year-old Brazilian entered his second year with the NASL franchise after signing in February 2016 and decided to hang up the boots due to physical limitations. Adailton first came to the United States when he signed with the Chicago Fire after spanning the globe playing for top divisions in Brazil, France, Switzerland and China.  

"This is a bittersweet day because Adailton loves football and being around the game," reflected SSM's President and USSF Licensed Intermediary Justin B. Stone. "I am honored to call Adailton a friend and gained his trust to negotiate his final two contracts with MLS (Chicago Fire) and Miami FC.  I want to thank Miami FC for their understanding and admiration for Adailton. He has touched many lives with his fantatsic character and empathy for others.  I am confident that he will transition these qualities into a new role within the game and have an even greater impact that his fantatstic career!"

Thank you Adailton and all the best to you and your familyin retirement!  SSM looks forward to "keeping in touch!" 

Adailton Justin_Wife 






 

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Transfer: Minnesota United FC Bolster Defense with Swiss Outsdide Back Jérôme Thiesson

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Stone Sports Management LLC (Columbus, Ohio) - February 21, 2017

Stone Sports Management LLC ("SSM") is pleased to announce Jérôme Thiesson's transfer from Swiss Super League FC Luzern to Minnesota United FC. The 29-year-old Swiss defender becomes one of the most experienced outside backs in Major League Soccer with over 350 professional matches.  The Loons have secured Thiesson's services through the 2018 season with a 2019 Option, and he will join his Minnesota United teammates as soon as he receives his P1-visa in hopes of doing so before the March 3, 2017 season opener against the Portland Timbers.

"I am honored to be one of the select internationals that Minnesota United FC has chosen to be part of its inaugural season," reflected Thiesson.  "This unique experience to start a project from the beginning is not possible in Europe and so it made my difficult decision to leave FC Luzern easier.  I want to thank the FC Luzern and its fans for my five and a half fantastic years at the club and applaud the administration for supporting my wish to come to Major League Soccer.  I also want to recognize Head Coach Adrian Heath, Sporting Director Manny Lagos and Director of Soccer Amos Magee for their courtship and making me feel welcomed." 

Thiesson signed with FC Luzern in summer 2011 and averaged over 30 games per season.  In 2016/2017, Thiesson played in 10 matches and returned to the lineup and started in a 4-1 win against BSC Young Boys, which would turn out to be his last match for FC Luzern. In his professional career that started in 2005/2006 with FC Zurich, Thiesson has primarily played right back but also has significant experience as a left back and has also featured as right midfielder, defensive midfielder and a central defender in a 3-man back line. Prior to signing with FC Luzern, he featured in 85 matches with now defunct AC Bellinzona, including one season entirely as a left back under former Montreal Impact Head Coach Marco Schillibaum. From 2007 until 2009, Thiesson played for FC Wil 1900 before moving to the Swiss Super League with AC Bellinzona in January 2009. Thiesson's versatility will immediately provide options for Coach Heath along the backline.

"With Minnesota United FC looking to add a versatile, veteran defender, I am glad they recognized Thiesson's abilities and experience to help compliment a diverse roster that looks to make its mark in MLS for its expansion season," remarked SSM's President and USSF Licensed Intermediary Justin B. Stone. "Minnesota United FC is getting a player who has fantastic character, and I am excited for him and his wife to experience a new competition and culture."

Thiesson becomes SSM's first international right back signing in MLS and marks MLS's second signing this window from FC Luzern. SSM would like to congratulate Jérôme, his wife and the entire Minnesota United FC organization on this signing and wishes them the best during the 2017 inaugural season and beyond!

Click HERE for Minnesota United FC's inaugural season schedule and enjoy highlights below!  


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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 145 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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