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SSM is pleased to announce that German born goalkeeper Kristian Nicht has received his US Green Card.  The 33 year-old netminder will no longer occupy an international slot and allows him to live in the United States permanently.  

"I am extremly happy and proud of Kristian for achieving this important step in his life," remarks SSM's President Justin B. Stone. "This was several years in the making and something he wanted to accomplish from the first time we spoke prior to his signing with Rochester. I would like to thank Indy Eleven and Pabian Law for their efforts in initiating and finalizing the process.   

Nicht was Indy Eleven's first signing and finished his second season with a winning record, despite missing several weeks and games on two different stints with the Montreal Impact, including playing in the CONCACAF Champions League Final.

"It means a lot to me to be an American resident now, and I am thrilled to be able to live and work here int he U.S. for as long as I please," said Nicht.  While there are many people that helped during this process, I would like to single out my agent, Justin Stone; Keith Pabian, my immigration lawyer; and Peter Wilt, Juergen Sommer and Tim Regan at Indy Eleven. This is defintely not a process you go through alone, and I could not have done it without their support."

Nicht's future remains uncertain as Indy Eleven holds a club-only option foor the 2016 season. Check out Kristian's 2015 Highlights below!

 

History: Adrian Winter Scores Orlando City SC's Fastest Goal/Team of the Week

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Adrian Winter was impressive in his return to the Orlando Citrus Bowl making history by scornig the fastest ever goal for Orlando City SC after heading home a Luke Boden free kick in the third minute.  Winter would add his second on the evening after finishing a nice give and go inside the edge of the 18 yard box with Lewis Neal before burying a near post shot with a quick right footed reaction.  Head Coach Adrian Heath was full of praise for the Swiss veteran and expects more from him in the future. 

Winter's Man of the Match efforts were noticed nationally.  MLSsoccer.com named him to the MLS Team of the Week (28) as did Goal.com. SBIsoccer.com named Winter MLS Player of the Week.  The win was Orlando's first since July and got the team back on track for their MLS Playoff run. 

 

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Like most international players, Winter has adapted to MLS in stride.  After coming on a substitue in his MLS debut match, his next two starts would be short-winded as a right winger as both matches saw first half red cards to the right backs, promting Winter to play on the backline for the first time in his career.  Winter explains his enjoyment helping the Lions to victory and about the acclimating to a new league and culture.  

Check out his post-match interview by clicking HERE and enjoy his two goals below!  Congrats to Adrian and expect many more as he and Orlando finish out the MLS regular season with an eye on making the MLS Playoffs!

 

 


 

 

 

RoPS GK Tomer Chencinski Earns Man of the Match

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Canadian International Goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski is finding his form at the most crucial period for his Finnish club.  Chencinski put on a fantastic display earning Man of the Match in a 0-0 cleansheet against FF Jaro. The shut out was his third in five matches after returning from a torn rotator cuff injury that held him out since April and the first league match of the season.  RoPS is now in third place with an important game ahead with Veikkausliiga leaders HJK in two weeks.  

Congrats to Tomer and all the best in these next weeks as RoPS attempts to place in the medal positions for the first time in club history!

Adailton Obtains U.S. Green Card Days Before Season-Ending Surgery

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SSM would like to give a big congratulations to Chicago Fire's Adailton and his family for obtaining permanent residents in the United States. This is a proud moment for his family that includes his wife Mariana and their young son.  SSM would like to thank everyone involved in the process including the Chicago Fire and Mooers Immigration. He will no longer count as an international on Chicago Fire's roster. 

The news comes at a bittersweet period as doctors recently advised the Central Defender on having season-ending sports hernia surgery. Adailton had been bothered with the injury since earlier in summer and after trying less invasive procedures, it was apparent surgery was needed.

SSM would like to wish Adailton well on a speed recovery! Get well soon Adi!

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Orlando City SC Signs Swiss International Winger Adrian Winter

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

Stone Sports Management, LLC (“SSM”) is pleased to announce Orlando City SC’s signing of Swiss International right-winger Adrian Winter as a Free Agent. Winter, who celebrated his 29th birthday earlier this month, joins his first club outside Switzerland where he played in over 300 matches scoring 48 Goals and providing 38 Assists. His most successful stint was with Swiss Super League club FC Luzern where he spent the last four seasons scoring 20 Goals and providing 28 Assists in 150 games (or 37.5 games per season average). Orlando City SC has been searching for a right-winger replacement to 2014 MVP Kevin Molino who suffered an ACL injury earlier in the season. Winter is known for his pace, ability to beat defenders in wide areas one versus one and to score goals and to provide assists, especially when counter-attacking.

“This is a dream come true for me,” remarked Adrian Winter. “I had several options to remain in the Swiss Super League but ironically after going on holiday to Orlando a few years ago, MLS was one of my goals after I determined it was necessary for me to play outside my home country and seek a new challenge. MLS is growing every year, and I know that the adaptation and competition will not be easy, but I already have felt very welcomed by the club and cannot wait to meet my teammate and the fans. I will do my part to work hard and contribute so that together we can achieve making it to the Playoffs and to lift MLS Cup.”

Winter made his professional debut in the Swiss Challenge league at 22 after moving from his youth club Red Star Zurich to FC Wil. After impressing with FC Will, he moved to FC St. Gallen where he would score 5 Goals in 17 matches and help them to promotion to the Swiss Super League and appeared in over 70 matches. After two more seasons, he made the switch to FC Luzern and caught the eye of the Swiss National Team after scoring 7 Goals and providing 8 Assists helping the club to a UEFA Europe League place and scored the game-winning goal against FC Sion to propel them to the Swiss Cup Finals. The following season he would have similar statistics scoring 9 Goals and providing 8 Assists, including the winning goal against Belgian club K.R.C. Genk in the Europa League.  

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“I want to congratulate Adrian on his move to Major League Soccer and to join Orlando City SC for its inaugural season,” says SSM’s President and Players’ Agent Justin B. Stone. “Orlando City has been a tremendous success and are the thick of the MLS Playoffs race where I am confident that Adrian will integrate well into the team and aid Orlando to reach its season goals.” 

Winter joins an Orlando City SC squad that is currently tied for the last Eastern Conference playoff spot and will be playing next to 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year and Captain Kaká. Winter becomes the first Swiss native to play for the club who has international players hailing from Brazil, Colombia, France, El Salvador, England, Honduras, Jamaica, Ireland, Portugal and Trinidad & Tobago. Orlando has sold out every game this year and will move into a brand new stadium next season.

SSM would like to thank Orlando City SC General Manager Paul McDonough, Head Coach Adrian Heath, and Team Administrator Erik Ustruck for their assistance with this transfer and help welcoming Adrian to Orlando. A big thanks also to Swiss Partners Gold Kick for its collaboration on this transfer.   

Click HERE for Orlando City SC’s 2015 MLS Schedule. Winter currently remains in Switzerland waiting for his P1-Visa and is expected to join the club next week. Please enjoy his FC Luzern Highlights below.  

 You may contact Justin B. Stone by phone at +001 202 712 9104 or 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 Washington, DC based boutique agency representing football/soccer players domestically and internationally.  Stone Sports Management takes a cooperative approach to athlete representation in order to provide the most opportunity for its clients.  Since its 2008 inception, Stone Sports Management has represented a versatile client portfolio having negotiated contracts for its clients based in Belgium, Canada, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, Germany, India, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States.  Follow Stone Sports Management on Twitter @StoneSportsMgmt 

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – May 19, 2015 

Stone Sports Management LLC would like to congratulate Forward Alhassane Keita on his NASL Team of the Week (Spring 7) after an exhilarating performance against Atlanta Silverbacks, capped off with his equalizing goal for Jacksonville Armada FC in a 1-1 tie. This is Keita's second Team of the Week. From NASL’s Website:

FWD: Alhassane Keita (Jacksonville Armada FC) – Known for his inspiring chant before each match, Keita continues to inspire his team on the pitch as well. Sporting a bandage from a cut he picked up last week, the Guinean international looked dangerous against a staunch Atlanta back line. After the Armada FC fell behind in the first minute of play, Keita eventually pulled the teams level. Marcos Flores threaded the ball between Atlanta’s center back pairing, and Keita utilized his space to beat Silverbacks goalkeeper Steward Ceus with a shot to the far post in a match that ended in a 1-1 draw. 

Check out the match highlights below and congratulations to Keita!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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