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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.


Portland Timbers Acquire Ghanaian International Winger Ishmael Yartey On Loan From FC Sion

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – March 26, 2015

Stone Sports Management, LLC ("SSM") is pleased to announce that Ghana International Ishmael Yartey has signed with Major League Soccer and the Portland Timbers on loan from Swiss Super League FC Sion. The Short-Term Loan is until June 30, 2015 with an undisclosed purchase option. The 25 year-old Accra native is expected to provide Timbers Head Coach Caleb Porter an additional left side attacking Winger option in his traditional 4-3-3 system.  Yartey's versatility will also provide the Timbers with a Striker or central Attacking Midfielder option. Yartey will arrive in Portland as soon as his P1-Visa is processed. 

"I am excited to join the Portland Timbers and to play in Major League Soccer," remarks Ishmael Yartey. I had already paid attention to MLS as have had many friends and ex-teammates play in the league. When the Timbers approached me with this opportunity, I consulted with them and each told me that the Timbers are one of the better organizations in MLS and that their fans are the best and most passionate. After doing more research on the club and city, and most importantly after speaking with Coach Porter about his system and philosophy, I had the desire to make this move to MLS."

The Timbers go on the road this weekend against their Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps after drawing their first three matches, including two 0-0 matches. Portland currently sits in 7th place in the Western Conference with 3 points. 

"I have already watched the first three matches and can see that Providence Park provides an inspiring atmosphere," reflected Yartey. I eagerly wait to join my teammates and begin working hard to get the chance to show my abilities in front of the Timbers Army and help the club gain points towards the goal of winning the Supporters Shield." 

Yartey's performances with the Ghana U-17 National Team, including the 2007 World Cup in South Korea where he played in all matches, scoring a goal against Colombia and helped Ghana to a 4th place finish, sparked interest from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon and Benfica.  While in Lisbon with Sporting, Benfica upped its loan bid to Yartey’s local Ghanaian side Gamba All Blacks, and after one season, Benfica purchased Yartey outright and signed him to a 4-year contract, joining other talented wingers Benfica brought in from the 2007 U-20 World Cup including current Real Madrid and Portuguese International Fábio Coentrão, United States International Freddy Adu as well as Manchester United and Argentine International Angel Di Maria. With the above mentioned players as well as Seville’s Jose Antonio Reyes as an established winger, Benfical would loan Yartey within Portugal to SC Beira Mar (2009/2010) and CD Fatima (2010/2011) as well as to Swiss Super League club Servette (2011/2012).  

He had his most successful season at Servette scoring 9 Goals and providing 2 Assists in 34 matches between league and cup play. In response, Ghana called Yartey into the Black Stars for the first time in May 2012 to complete against Lesotho and Zambia in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. Ligue 1 side Sochaux noticed Yartey's strong performances with Servette, and on July 22, 2012 signed Yartey to his second four-year contract, after agreeing with Benfica on a 2.5 Million Euro transfer fee preventing other European suitors such as Lille, Marseille, AZ Alkmaar and Borussia Monchengladbach from signing him.

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Read more: Loan: Timbers Acquire Ghanaian Winger Yartey


History: Omar Jarun Becomes First Palestine To Sign in India

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – March 13, 2015

Today, Stone Sports Management, LLC ("SSM") announces that Palestine-American Omar Jarun has signed a short-term contract with I-League club Bharat FC. This is a historical signing as it is believed Jarun becomes the first Palestine to play professionally in India and only the second American to do so. It is also SSM's first client to have signed in India opening a new market for future collaboration. Jarun has traveled to India to finalize paperwork and looks to join the Pune based club in time for its next match against Royal Wahingdoh on March 21st 

"I am excited to start this incredible journey with Bharat FC," remarks Omar Jarun. "Bharat FC's staff and organization have been extremely professional throughout the signing process. This will be my third continent to play professionally and after having palyed in Asia with the Palestine National Team, I cannot wait to be apart of the incredible growth in Indian football."

The signing comes on the same day as Jarun and his former club, Ottawa Fury FC, agreed to mutually part ways. "I want to thank Ottawa Fury FC for having me part of the club's foundation.  My wife and I enjoyed living in Ottawa and being a part of the community.  I will continue to remain in touch with my teammates, the front office and the coaching staff and wish everyone well for the upcoming season and beyond." 

"This is a great opportunity for Omar and applaud his commitment to his profession by taking this opportunity with an open mind and to make his mark as the first Palestine to play in India," reflected SSM's President and Players' Agent Justin B. Stone.  "And to do so traveling half way across the world without his family is noble.  Omar is focused on helping Bharat FC with its remaining games, and I want to thank Ottawa Fury FC, especially Coach Marc Dos Santos for his assistance in helping make this transfer happen."

Read more: History: Omar Jarun Becomes First Palestine To Sign in India

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