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Jacksonville Armada Secure #1 GK Caleb Patterson-Sewell

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Stone Sports Management LLC (Columbus, Ohio) - February 15, 2017

Stone Sports Management LLC ("SSM") is pleased to announce Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell's return to the NASL with the Jacksonville Armada for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The Armada purchased Caleb from Portuguese side Farense where helped them to a promotion position by only giving up 6 goals in 13 games and posting 7 clean sheets (53.9%). Caleb looks to make his mark within the NASL as the Armada's first choice Goalkeeper, after starting the 2016 with last year's disaster club, Rayo OKC. The 29 year-old Tennessee native has experience in North America with the Carolina Railhawks (2011), Miami FC (2010), New York Red Bulls (2008) and Cleveland City Stars.  After the 2011 season, he departed to Portugal with Atletico Portugal where he had a standout season and was a Portuguese League for Professional Football (LPFP) Goalkeeper of the Year Finalist.  Caleb would then transfer to Portuguese Superliga club Vitoria Setubal where he would play against league giants Sporting Lisbon, Benfica and SC Braga. After one season with Setubal, he transferred to Gil Vicente and spent the next two seasons in the Portuguese Superliga. 

"My family and I are delighted to join the Armada and to return to the States after spending the last six months in Portugal," reflected Caleb.  "I am extremely excited to work under Head Coach Mark Lowery and Goalkeeper Coach Daryl Sattler, who along with Technical Director Nathan Walter, made me feel welcomed during the recruitment process and made me want to join this project.  I want to thank each of them for their patience and persistent efforts to bring me on board and cannot wait to meet my new teammates, the fans and integrate into the community and do my part to make the 2017 season a success."   

Caleb is one of a few domestic Goalkeepers to have had experience at Europe's top academies (Liverpool, Sheffield Wednesday and Anderlecht), USL, NASL and Europe.  Caleb was part of the record-breaking 2010 Carolina Railhawks team and was on the bench for 2008 MLS Cup where the Red Bulls lost to Columbus Crew at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

"I want to echo Caleb's comments and thank everyone at the Armada for their hard work and persistence getting this signing over the link," remarked SSM's President and USSF Licensed Intermediary Justin B. Stone. "Caleb is really focused on getting in with the group and back on the pitch in the NASL."

Click HERE to see Jacksonville Armada's 2017 season schedule.  SSM would like to wish Caleb well this season and his new start in Florida!   

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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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Amobi Okugo Returns to Portland Timbers for 2017 Season 

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

Stone Sports Management ("SSM") congratulates Amobi Okugo on signing a new MLS contract with the Portland Timbers for the 2017 season with a 2018 Option. The 25 year-old Sacramento, California native will enter his 8th MLS season after spending the 2016 season with the Timbers. Coach Caleb Porter will rely on Okugo's versatility to play central defender and defensive midfielder for the Timbers who will look to bounce back from missing the 2016 MLS Playoffs after capturing MLS Cup in 2015. Okugo joins his teammates today in Portland to begin pre-season.

"I am excited to return to Portland and grateful for the opportunity this wonderful organization has provided me, to join my teammates for a proper pre-season and to play in front of the best fans in MLS," says Okugo. "The Timbers and the Portland community have been welcoming ever since I arrived, and I want to thank Coach Caleb Porter and his staff for having the confidence in me to return and to General Manager Gavin Wilkinson, MLS and my agent for working hard behind to scenes to finalize a solution so that I can begin pre-season timely. The Timbers Army and all Timbers' fans deserve more trophies this season, and I will do my best to help the team achieve its goals, earn clean sheets and hopefully I can celebrate with Timber Joey and earn a slab or two!" 

After a nomadic start to the 2016 season that prevented him from particiating in pre-season due to his former club, Sporting KC, waiving him with two years left on his 3-year guaranteed contract, the Timbers signed him in May 2016 (after week 10). After taking time to integrate in the new system and getting back to fitness with the Reserve Team in USL, Okugo would go on to play 7 games between MLS, US Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League play, including an MLS Team of the Week (22) bench honor.  

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"Amobi will cointue to give us experience and depth in two positoins  and when called upon like last year, we know he has the ability to step in and get the job done," said Head Coach Caleb Porter.  The Timbers' General Manager and President of Soccer Gavin Wilkinson reflected, "We are pleased to have Amobi back for the 2017 season and look forward to his continued contributions as a versatile and experienced player on our roster."

Out of Contract in January 2015 after 5 seasons with the Philadelphia Union (including back to back 32 game seasons) and recognized as one of the best young, domestic talents [MLS 24 Under 24 Talents: #8 (2013) at 22 and #13 (2014) at 23 and ESPN’s US Soccer: 10 to watch under 21 #8 (2012), Okugo elected to re-sign in MLS with Expansion Franchise Orlando City SC (with the club trading for his MLS rights) on a 3-year $1M USD contract. *In 2015, after starting the first 9 games and applauded for doing the “grunt work” in midfield and on the USMNT radar, Okugo received a yellow card suspension and replaced by Colombian International Cristian Higuita.  Okugo would go on to appear in eight more matches before Sporting KC and Peter Vermes (who coached him with Generation Adidas and praised Okugo for his versatility), traded for him in exchange for Servando Carrasco. After acclimating with his new teammates, Okugo unfortunately suffered a PCL tear (and played on it) during his first start with Sporting KC. Unable to return until a couple months later (and with team selection settled vying for Playoff position), his opportunities were limited as the season ended. 

"With the Timbers' need at both positions that Amobi has played in his career, Portland was a logical fit for him and for continuity in Coach Porter's system," says SSM's President and USSF Licensed Intermediary Justin B. Stone. "With his contract situation resolved, he can now focus on having a great season and get back to his form a few seasons ago where he was considered one of the best young talents in MLS.  I want to thank General Manager Gavin Wilkinson and Coach Caleb Porter for their efforts to ensure that Amobi builds on last season and looking forward to watching Amobi and the Timbers this season." 

*After a stand out Youth National Team and UCLA collegiate career, Okugo was a 2010 MLS Generation adidas ("GA") class member and earned the MLS Combine MVP.  At 18, MLS Expansion Franchise Philadelphia Union drafted him as the #6 overall pick and limited his time (12 games) his Rookie Season due to Salary Cap reasons/preventing him from graduating from the GA program. Okugo participated in three U20 USA camps as well as an off-season GA trip to Spain playing against Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano and Atletico Madrid reserves. 

*In 2013, Okugo earned Philadelphia Union's Team/Defensive MVP under permanent Head Coach John Hackworth (who as interim in June 2012 switched Okugo to central defense to replace former US Men's National Team player Danny Califf and Malian Internatiol Bakary Soumare, for the first time in his career) and started 32 matches, scoring 3 Goals and adding 3 Assists from primarily central defense. At age 23, Hackworth gave Okugo the Captain’s armband after third game of season at teammate Maurice Edu’s suggestion. His consistent play garnered Senior National Team interest after several MLS team of the Week Honors (2013 ToW (33); ToW (31); ToW (25); ToW (18) Bench; ToW (6); 2012 ToW (29); ToW (19) 

*In 2014, expectations grew for Okugo and the Union. In summer, the club sacked Hackworth and replaced him with Jim Curtin who reverted Okugo back into central midfield where he was consistently one of the better players when on the pitch, including scoring in US Open Cup Semi-Final and Man of the Match performance against the Chicago Fire, providing Coach Curtin many options as the season finished. Okugo earned several MLS Team of the Week honors including Team of the Week (13) and Week 1 and Week (2) Benches.  In all, Okugo made 117 appearances (101 starts) for the Union between 2010-14. 

Read more: Signing: Amobi Okugo Inks New Deal w/Timbers

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Montreal Impact Captain Patrice Bernier’s Re-Signs For Final MLS Season 

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Stone Sports Management LLC (Columbus, Ohio) -  January 16, 2017

Stone Sports Management (“SSM”) is honored to announce that Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact have re-signed Patrice Bernier to a one-year contract, which will be the Impact’s Captain’s final season as a player, after completing his 2-year contract signed ahead of the 2015 season.  In these two seasons, Bernier proved his worth by helping the Impact to back to back MLS Playoffs, the CONCACAF Champions League Final and to its highest ever league finish. The 37-year old Broussard, Quebec native (who is one of only four MLS players born in the 1970s) will transition off the field in 2018 and continue with the Impact in a coaching role, primarily focused on developing and transitioning the younger players within the Impact Academy and First Team.

 

“I am happy and grateful to finish my professional career where it started back in 2000 and looking forward to my final season in front of my hometown fans and community,” reflected Bernier.  “I will make sure to appreciate each moment and to do what is in my control to ensure the club earns silverware this season.”

 

Bernier will play his final MLS season in 2017 and looks to lead the Impact to obtain MLS Cup glory after progressing each of the last two seasons in the MLS Playoffs. After a mid-season coaching change, Impact Coach Mauro Biello gave Bernier the keys to the Impact midfield where he would help the club finish the regular season with over a 2.0 points per game record and would go on to score 2 goals, including the game-winning goal against Canadian rivals Toronto FC to advance past the MLS Knockout Round (marking the first playoff series the Impact ever won in MLS).  After losing a close series in extra time to the eventual 2015 MLS Eastern Conference Champions Columbus Crew, Bernier would return in 2016 with improved performances, increasing his minutes, starts and assists.  Once again, Bernier saved some of his best performances for the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs, including a world-class assist against Toronto FC in front of 61,004 fans at Olympique Stadium.  The goal for 2017 is simple – advance to the MLS Cup and lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy. 

 

“I am thankful for the Club, Owner and President Joey Saputo, Coach Biello and the Front Office for giving me this opportunity, for their continued confidence in my abilities to help the Impact move forward, and I will do everything in my power to perform and give my all for this club, the city and its fans,” says Bernier.  “I hope that the Impact fans and community will join me for this last season because we will need everyone to support the Club to put the team in the best position to achieve our goals and finish off my career with a special season.”

 

After starting his professional career with the Montreal Impact in 2000 when they were part of the United Soccer League, Bernier would ply his trade in Europe. In 2013, he first moved to Norwegian club Moss and later played in four seasons with Trømso where he was considered one of the best foreigners in the league.  After a $1.3 million transfer bid from Turkish giants Besiktas was rejected, Bernier eventually moved to the German Bundesliga with Kaiserslautern before moving back to Scandinavia with Denmark’s FC Nordsjaelland and Lyngby and played in 16 UEFA Cup matches throughout his European career.

 

In 2012 after playing the previous four seasons in Denmark with FC Nordsjaelland and Lyngby (including FCN’s 2009-10 Player of the Year), the Impact wisely summoned Bernier back to his hometown club after a 10-year career in Europe to be one of the club’s marquee signings during its transition to MLS.  Considered one of the best Quebec players the Province has produced, Bernier immediately showed his worth and earned the Giuseppe Saputo Trophy (awarded to the club’s Team MVP) with an impressive 9 Goal, 8 Assists season (including 4 game-winning assists, MLS August Player of the Month and selected 5 times to the Team of the Week (9, 12, 13-15, 24 and 25).  He followed up his debut MLS performance with a 4 Goal, 8 Assist season (leading MLS with 5 game-winning assists), and MLS players, coaches and media recognized his stellar play with a 2013 MLS All-Star game nod against Italian side AS Roma. In 2014, he proudly earned his 50th Canadian National Team cap against Jamaica and helped the Impact win back to back Amway Canadian Championships.


 The 2015 season also started brightly for Bernier and the Impact.  After advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League, the Impact would be showcased in the region’s top tournament after it surprised Santos with a 94th minute goal to beat the Mexican giants and advance to the CONCACAF Final against Club America.  After an impressive 2-2 away tie and going up a goal in the home leg in front of a sold-out Olympique Stadium, Club America came back and lifted the trophy. His current 5-year totals are 132 games played, 100 games started, 15 Goals and 24 Assists in over 9,000 minutes played in blue and black.

 

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“Patrice Bernier is a class act and represents the Impact in high acclaim on and off the field,” says SSM’s President and USSF Licensed Intermediary Justin B. Stone.  “I am thoroughly pleased that Patrice will be finishing his career with the Montreal Impact. He wears the Impact jersey with pride and wants nothing more than to close his playing career with an MLS Cup and will do everything in his capacity to ensure that the Impact fans and community is rewarded with one.”

 

Between his first Impact stint and his 5-year MLS career, Bernier will have played half his career (9 seasons) and participated in over 200 matches in Impact colors. He holds the Impact record for games played and starts for those who have played with both versions of the Impact (Pre-MLS and MLS), most Penalty Kick goals, most MLS assists and looks to build on these numbers in 2017. 

 

"“Many people did not expect Patrice to continue to play at a high level after turning 34, but he has proven those doubters wrong, proved his value by accomplishing several individual and team-related performances bonuses, and earned the right to play in his 18th professional season," remarked Stone.

 

“I want to give special thanks to Impact President and Owner Joey Saputo for creating the platform for Patrice and other Montreal players to be able to play at the highest level in North America, while also giving Patrice his due to compete in his final season before transitioning to a club role off the field beginning in 2018,” says Stone.

 

“Additionally, I want to thank Impact Technical Director Adam Braz for his efforts and professionalism during the negotiation and would like nothing more than to see Patrice finish his career bringing a championship to his hometown.  It has been a pleasure representing Patrice during these last years in MLS and will cherish the moments he creates in his final season and looking forward to what lies ahead for him beyond the pitch once he hangs up the boots.”

 

Off the field, Bernier is a community leader and donates his time to charitable causes such as La Fondation de l’OMHM, CHC Fondation’s FACE À FACE DES CÉLÉBRITÉS Charity Hockey match, Coupe Centraide Cup, Rèves d’enfant Foundation, Procure’s Marche COURAGE, among others.  In 2012, he earned the Impact’s Communitarian Award.  He has also been featured on TV, Radio and other Media outlets promoting the club such as Quebec’s #1 breakfast morning show – Breakfast Television, late night talk show Tout le Monde en Parle, Montreal Canadiens’ Broadcasts, TVA Sports and RDS commentary during MLS Cups and English Premier League matches.

 

Congrats to Patrice Bernier, his family and the Montreal Impact on continuing the Parties’ relationship in 2017 and beyond!  Click HERE for the Montreal Impact’s 2017 MLS Schedule to support Patrice’s final season.  Click HERE to view Patrice Bernier’s club-record 25 MLS assists.

 

 

 

You may contact Justin B. Stone by email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information. 

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About Stone Sports Management, LLC

From developmental to Designated Players, Stone Sports Management, LLC is a Columbus, Ohio based boutique 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 with clubs 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 15 international clients to MLS/NASL/USL.  


Follow Stone Sports Management on Twitter @StoneSportsMgmt 

 

 

Montreal Impact Homegrown Defender Wandrille Lefèvre Signs Two-Year Contract

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 Stone Sports Management LLC (Columbus, Ohio) - January 5, 2017

Stone Sports Management ("SSM") is pleased to announce that Canadian National Team Defender Wandrille Lefèvre has signed his second professional contract with Major League Soccer and the Montreal Impact.  The Eastern Conference Finalists secured Lefèvre for the 2017 and 2018 seasons with two one-year Options. The 27-year old Montreal native initially signed with the Impact from the Impact Academy ahead of the 2013 MLS season and increased his role each season and helped the Impact to the CONCACAF Finals, two Amway Canadian Championships and three MLS Playoff appearances.  Lefèvre has played in over 60 games across all competitions, and his play was recognized by the Canadian National Team, which selected him once eligibile in December 2015 and will be participating in the January 2017 National Team Camp. 

The Impact now return all five players who played at the Central Defender position from the 2016 side that made it the furthest in the MLS Playoffs. Despite European offers, Lefèvre elected to stay with his hometown club to help build upon the club's progress and hopes to help the team achieve greater results in 2017 and beyond. "I am very excited to be back in Montreal," added Lefèvre. "This is my home. My relation with the supporters and the implications that I have with the city, since I arrived, were at the center of my decision to continue this adventure here.”

"Wandrille has proven to be a capable MLS player and has increased his responsibilities on and off the field for the Impact these last couple of years," remarked SSM's President and USSF Licensed Intermediary Justin B. Stone. "Being out of contract after the 2016 season and possessing a European Passport, Wandrille had several options to choose from and elected to sacrifice money in order to stay with his local club. He is an exceptional person who the Impact and Montreal community will benefit having for these next two years and beyond. I look forward to him continuing his progression with the Impact and extremely happy for him."

SSM congratulates Wandrille on his new contract and check out his highlights below!

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About Stone Sports Management, LLC From developmental to Designated Players, Stone Sports Management, LLC (“SSM”) is a Columbus, Ohio based boutique 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 different nationalities, Mr. Stone has negotiated more than 140 contracts for his clients with clubs based in Belgium, Canada, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States, including more than 15 international clients to MLS/NASL/USL.

Follow Stone Sports Management on Twitter @StoneSportsMgmt

 

 

Atlanta United Trades For German Midfielder Kevin Kratz

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Stone Sports Management LLC (Columbus, Ohio) -  December 11, 2016

2017 MLS Expansion Franchise Atlanta United FC announced today the addition of German midfielder Kevin Kratz after trading with the Philadelphia Union. Today marked the opening of a half-day trade window which found Atlanta United aggressive with three other additions in advance of this week's MLS Expansion Draft.  Kratz joins Chris McCann and Harrison Heath as well as Homegrown Chis Goslin in central midfield.  

"I want to thank the Philadelphia Union for welcoming me to Major League Soccer," remarked Kratz. "Although it was a short period, the Union players, fans and staff treated me well.  I also want to thank Atlanta United for identifying me as someone to help the club in its first MLS season.  The project is one I have yet to be a part of and cannot wait to meet all the fans and get settled with my wife and daughter."

Kratz joins Atlanta after a 3-month stint with the Philadelphia Union after signing at the MLS Roster Freeze for depth purposes, as the Union looked to make the Playoffs for the second time in two seasons.  Although Kratz did not make an appearances, Head Coach Jim Curtin praised Kratz during training.  Atlanta United aggressively pursued Kratz after its Front Office members had tracked Kratz for several years.  Prior to joining the Union, Kratz played for Bundesliga 2 club Sandhausen SV.  His 2015-16 season ended prematurely after suffering a foot injury that was mis-diagnosed.  Prior to his injury, Kratz started the club's first 7 games primarily as the #10 Attacking Midfielder, providing two assists, an 818.% passing success rate and ranked Top 15 in the league in numerous categories (Distance Covered, Runs, Passes Completed). 

"I cannot stress how happy I am for Kevin to realize his goal to play in MLS, and it is more special to do so with an Expansion club" says SSM's President and USSF Licensed Intermediary Justin B. Stone. "Atlanta United is setting the bar very high for expansion franchises and are committing lots of resources and experts around the club. I want to publicly thank President Darren Earles, Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra and Director of Soccer Operations Paul McDonough for their professionalism throughout the process. I look forward to Kevin wearing black, gold and red and having a successful career in Atlanta."

The 29-year old German will bring his experience and versatility to Atlanta.  With over 275 professional games in Germany, Kratz can play anywhere in midfield and is known for his passing/technical ability, high work rate and fearless taclking ability. He can use both feet well and often takes free kicks and corner kicks for his club.  

Check out his highlights below and SSM wishes Kevin well with his new club!


Crew SC Striker Adam Jahn Earns MLS Team of the Week (32/33)

Stone Sports Management congratulates the agency's newest client, Adam Jahn, for his recent performances, earning MLS Team of the Week (32/33).  Jahn rewarded Columbus Crew SC Head Coach Gregg Berhalter's trust by scoring 3 Goals in two starts against Eastern Conference rivals Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls.  Check out his tallies below and wish Adam all the best in the last game of the season!

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 Phildelphia Union Midfielder Roland Alberg Earns MLS Player of the Week (16)

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Stone Sports Management would like to congratulate Roland Alberg on his impressive performances this week earning him MLS Player of the Week.  The Dutchman who arrived in Philadelphia at the start of the season scored 4 Goals, created an own-goal and created several other chances in two league matches. His Hat-Trick against the Chicago Fire was the club's second ever and first since Sebastian Le Toux's home debut in the Union's first season. Fantasy owners were pleased as Alberg was Round 15's "surprise star" with 161 Points. What was even more impressive during his week was that it was on the brink of scoring two goals, including the game-winning free kick in stoppage time, against the Harrisburg City Islanders in the US Open Cup, which earned him 2016 US Open Cup Round 4 Player of the Round.

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Check out Roland's goals, assists and other actions against the Chicago Fire and Vancouver Whitecaps and congrats once again to Roland! 


Miami FC Bolsters Its Defense By Signing Central Defender Adailton

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Stone Sports Management LLC (Columbus, Ohio) -  February 9, 2016

Stone Sports Management (“SSM”) is pleased to announce Miami FC’s signing of veteran defender Adailton Jose Dos Santos Filho (“Adailton”) to a 2-year contract with the 2016 NASL Expansion Franchise. The 32-year old Salvador, Brazil native most recently played with Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire after a successful career in Brazil, Europe and Asia. Adailton obtained his US Green Card late in 2015 and will count as a domestic player.

“It is such an honor to have joined Miami FC and to play for Alessandro Nesta who for me is one of the best, if not the best, player at my position in the last two generations,” says Adailton.  “Last year was a great learning experience to understand North American soccer after playing in Brazil, China, France and Switzerland. I ensure to my teammates, the fans and coaching staff that I will bring hard work, discipline and a winning mentality to the club and do my best to help the club to make the NASL Playoffs and ultimately win the NASL Soccer Bowl."

Adailton joined the Chicago Fire after a six month stint back home in Brazil with Esporte Clube Bahia.  He acclimated well scoring a goal and earned Man of the Match versus the Philadelphia Union in his third game with the Fire.  Adailton started 20 matches and was statistically the best central defender on the Fire as the club gave up only 23 goals in the 17 MLS matches he played while giving up 35 goals in the games that he did not. An unfortunate Sports Hernia injury that developed two games prior to his last ultimately shut him down for the season even though he came back healthy enough before the last game of the year.

Prior to joining Bahia, he spent the previous five years in Switzerland with Swiss Super League side Sion FC (with two loan stints in China with Chinese Super League Henan Jianye and also with FC Chiasso in Switzerland).  At Chiasso, Nesta’s former Italian National Team teammate Gianluca Zambrotta coached Adailton and learned to speak Italian, along with his ability to speak Portuguese, French, Spanish and English.

Adailton boasts leadership qualities having first Captained the Brazilian U20 World Cup team helping them win the 2003 World Cup in Dubai. Brazilian giants Santos FC, Sion FC and FC Chiasso also elected Adailton Captain.  French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais signed Adailton for three years after his impressive U20 World Cup and after he broke through as a first team regular at his local side Vitoria SC.  He then returned to Brazil with Santos FC signing for three years playing alongside Brazilian Superstar Neymar whom he shares a passion and friendship giving back to the Brazilian community through Social Projects and Charity. 

“Adailton is one of the most respected, well-liked persons that I have had the pleasure of working with, and I am extremely pleased that he has agreed to continue to play in North America with Miami FC after having enticing opportunities to return home to Brazil and in the Middle East,” says SSM’s President and Players’ Agent Justin B. Stone. “Adailton did not get enough credit last year for his performances in MLS due to his season ending injury and the overall team performance, but his quality will be well apparent once he gets settled with his new club and city."

This is SSM’s second client to sign with Miami FC after defender Mason Trafford signed earlier in the week. It is expected that both players will compete for starting positions and likely will line up next to each other in central defense or with Trafford employed on the left side with Adailton in the middle.

“I would like to echo my comments earlier in the week and thank Miami FC (Owners Riccardo Silva and Paolo Maldini, Technical Director Mauro Pederzoli, VP of Operations Darren McCartney and Head Coach Alessandro Nesta) for their patience and persistence securing Adailton’s services.” says Justin B. Stone. “I am confident that the club will be one of the best defensively in NASL, and the club is getting two outstanding persons."

Click HERE to see Miami FC’s 2016 NASL Schedule and follow Adailton on Twitter: @adailton_filho. All the best to Adailton with his new club!  

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