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Montreal Impact Captain Patrice Bernier Returns For 2015 Season

 

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – December 11, 2014

 

Stone Sports Management announces 2014 Montreal Impact Captain Patrice Bernier’s new contract with Major League Soccer and the Montreal Impact.  The contract provides Bernier to remain with his hometown club through the end of the 2016 season, as he enters his fourth season in the MLS era. Click HERE to watch the Impact's Press Conference announcing Bernier's signing. 

 

The 35 year-old Montreal native captained the Impact during the 2014 season, his third season in MLS since re-joining the Impact from Danish club Lyngby BK in 2011.  Bernier started his career with the Montreal Impact during the club’s NASL days after spending two seasons (1998 and 1999) at Syracuse University in New York where he earned Big East First Team Honors.  

 

"I am very happy to be back with the Impact," Bernier said. "I would like to thank the organization for allowing me to continue with this project. I feel that there is a solid visiion and some important additions in order to revive the team for the upcoming season.  The objective will be to start the season string, as early as th emonth of February with our  Champions League match [versus Pachuca]."


Read more: Montreal Impact Captain Patrice Bernier Returns For 2015 Season

Jose Goncavles, New England Revolution Advance to MLS Cup 

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Stone Sports Management would like to congratulate New England Revolution Captain Jose Goncavles and the Revolution for winning the 2014 Eastern Conference Championship and advancing to the MLS Cup for the first time since 2007.  The 2013 MLS Defender of the Year led the Revolution back line that whethered a Red Bull flurry in the late stages of the match where one additional away goal by the Red Bulls would have kept the Revs at home. The Red Bulls had taken the lead through Tim Cahill and scored the important second goal at 2-1 through Peguy Luyindula.  However, Charle Davies scored his second of the match late in the game to put the home side ahead on aggregate after winning a week earlier 2-1 at Red Bull Stadium.  

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(Jose Goncalves and Justin B. Stone Post-Game With Eastern Conference Trophy in Boston, MA)

Read more: Goncalves, Revs Win 2014 Eastern Conference; MLS Cup Next

Bouna Coundoul Leads 2015 AFCON Qualifying With 1 Goal Conceded, Advancing Senegal

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Stone Sports Management would like to congratulate Goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul and the Senegal National Team for advancing  to the 2015 African Cup of Nations Finals in Equitoreal Guinea.  Coundoul played every minute of the six group stage matches, conceding only one goal.  His five clean sheets and only one goal against was best in the competition, as Senegal looks to win Africa's premier tournament that kicks off January 17, 2015.  See the standings below as Senegal finished second to Tunisia. 

Read more: Coundoul is AFCON's Best GK in Qualifiers

NASL Names Tiago Calvano to 2014 Best XI


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Stone Sports Management would like to congratulate Brazilian defender Tiago Calvano for his selection to the 2014 NASL Best XI, as selected by each club's input.  Calvano helped Minnesota United FC to the 2014 NASL Woosman Trophy awarded to the club with most combined points over the Spring and Fall Championships.  The Loons also won the 2014 Spring Season Championship. Calvano was one of four Minnesota United FC players to be named to the Best XI. NASL also nominated him for the Golden Ball Award (League MVP).  

 

Calvano provided leadership and consistency in the back and immediately became a presence within the club on and off the field.  Many considered him Minnesota United FC's most important international signing.  Calvano signed with Minnesota United FC at the start of 2014 after playing the last few seasons with Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets in the Australian A-League.  The club welcomed him and his transition to North America was smooth and beneficial.  

 

Minnesota United FC fans will be pleased to know that Calvano will return to Minnesota for the 2015 season.  Check out Calvano’s 2014 Minnesota United Highlights below.

 

NASL's Iron Man: Kristian Nicht (BYB/Indy Eleven's Player of the Year)


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Kristian Nicht stood alone atop the NASL minutes played rankings having played every minute of every game (27 games, 2,430 minutes) during the 2014 NASL season.  Two other players (Ottawa Fury’s Mason Trafford and New York Cosmos Hunter Freeman) also were candidates entering the final two games of the season, but each did not complete the perfect season. 

 

For Nicht’s efforts this season, the Brickyard Battalion named him the 2014 Player of the Year Award and Community Award winner (see video at end of posting for full awards show).  Nicht broke a modern-day record for most clean sheet minutes with 597 (just under 10 games) and NASL named him to the Team of the Week (Fall Week 14) during the streak.  Indy Eleven secured wins in the last part of the season to eventual NASL Soccer Bowl Champions San Antonio Scorpions as well as NASL Combined Season winner Minnesota United FC in a 2-0 win, which marked the club's first home win.  Check out below the Indy Eleven fans storming the field in elation as the camera focuses on Nicht celebrating with his family.

Stone Sports Management would like to recognize these achievements, especially with Nicht playing through injuries and staying consistent throughout Indy Eleven’s expansion season.  Nicht will be diligently preparing for the 2015 season where he will return to Carroll Stadium to help improve the club’s standings and to further involve himself with the Indianapolis community.  

 

Ottawa Fury FC’s Supporters’ Player of the Year: Mason Trafford

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On November 6, 2014, Ottawa FC and its three supporter groups gathered to celebrate the club’s inaugural season.  It also consisted of recognizing the Fury players on and off the field.  The main award issued on this night was the Supporters’ Player of the Year Award which proudly went to Stone Sports Management client Mason Trafford.  Below is Trafford accepting the Award and discussing the Fury's expansion season.

 

Trafford was the Fury’s most consistent defender and started and played every minute of every game until the season finale prompting status as the club's "Iron Man". The Fury signed Mason late in the pre-season, Trafford signed an extension through 2015 Season.  Mason earned NASL Team of the Week on multiple occassions (the most out of any Fury FC player), including Week 8 (Spring), Week 1 (Fall), Week 10 (Fall) and Week 13 (Fall).  

 

Stone Sports Management would like to congratulate Mason on this recognition and wishes him all the best with the Ottawa Fury FC for the 2015 season.  Check out some video below from this past season. 

Kristian Nicht Sets NASL's Modern Day Cleansheet Minute Record


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Indy Eleven Goalkeeper Kristian Nicht has set the NASL's Modern Day clean sheet record after keeping opponents from the back of the net for 397 consecutive minutes (over four matches).  The record almost was extended into the club's next match, but the Ottawa Fury FC was able to score a goal in the 90th minute from long range.

 

This is the 32 year old German's second major record since coming to North America.  In his debut season with the Rochester Rhinos, Nicht broke the record for most consectutive games (and minutes) without giving up a goal to start the season with six. 


Stone Sports Management would like to congratulate Kristian on setting this record and wish him all the best to close out the 2014 NASL season with Indy Eleven.

Sportfreunde Lotte Sign Goalkeeper Fabian Otte for 2014-2015 Season

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – August 19, 2014

Stone Sports Management LLC ("SSM") is pleased to announce the agency's first signing in the German market for Summer 2014 with former North Carolina State University Goalkeeper Fabian Otte's signing with Sportfruende Lotte.  

"I am very pleased for Fabian as he was determined to start his professional career after a standout NCAA career with North Carolina State University," remarked Stone Sports Management's President and Players' Agent Justin B. Stone. "As an international in the North American market, it is always more difficult as a goalkeeper to find a solution here so returning to the German market is important for Fabian to continue his development"

SSM would like to congratulate Fabian on his contract and wish him and the club the best during the 2014-2015 season!




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, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States.  Follow Stone Sports Management on Twitter @StoneSportsMgmt

 

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