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SJK Sign Finnish Striker Juho Mäkelä

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – August 15, 2014

Stone Sports Management LLC ("SSM") would like to congratulate Juho Mäkelä on signing with SJK for the rest of the 2014 season in Finland's Veikkausliiga.  SJK Coach Simo Valakari will look to the 4-time Veikkausliiga champion to boast the front line in SJK's quest to win the title and to capture the club's first spot in European competition.  

"Juho found SJK to be the best fit for him to continue in Finland and brings a wealth of championship experience to a club that is looking to win its first Veikkauliigs title.  I have no doubts that Juho will help the club on and off the field and wish him well for the rest of the 2014 Season," remarked SSM's President and Players' Agent Justin B. Stone.

Read more: Signing: SJK Signs Striker Juho Mäkelä

 Minnesota United FC Loan Striker Nate Polak to OKC Energy

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – August 14, 2014

Minnesota United FC today announced the club has loaned Striker Nate Polak to Oklahoma Energy FC for the remainder of the 2014 USL Pro Season.  Polak will look to help the 2014 expansion franchise earn a USL Pro Playoff spot and will return to Minnesota United FC on a to be determine date based on playoff advancement.  

"This is a win-win scenario as Nate is currently behind the NASL's leading goal scorer regarding Minnesota's striker depth chart," remarked Stone Sports Management's President and Players' Agent Justin B. Stone.  "When Jimmy Nielsen indicated they were looking for an additional striker, I immediately discussed with him Nate's situation, and the clubs soon thereater quickly made the necessary arrangements for Nate to travel to Oklahoma to meet his new teammates."

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Read more: Minnesota United FC Loans Striker Nate Polak to OKC Energy

Maccabi Tel Aviv Loans GK Chencinski to Hapoel Nir Ramat Hasharon

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Back to back Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv has loaned Canadian International Goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski to Hapoel Nir Ramat Hasharon for the 2014-2015 season. With Maccabi Tel Aviv's #1 returning to the club with eyes on advancing further in European competition, it was agreed that it was best for Chencinski to get loaned in order to play and gain further experience.

Last January, Chencinski was loaned to another Israeli club - Hakoach Ramat Gan - and performed well during the loan stint.  Chencinski is looking to build on that momentum with Hasharon who is looking to get promoted back to the top division after last season's relegation.  Stone Sports Management would like to wish Chencinski well in his transition to his new club and expects the loan to be fruitful for all involved.  Check out some video from last season's loan below.  

NASL Record:  Ottawa Fury FC Open TD Place vs. New York Cosmos

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Stone Sports Management LLC woud like to congratulate the Ottawa Fury FC for the club's stadium unveling and inaugural home match at TD Place.  SSM's President and Players' Agent Justin B. Stone flew from Washington, DC to Canada's Capital to take in the festivities and meet with SSM's four clients on the Fury FC:  Philippe Davies, Omar Jarun, Nicki Paterson and Mason Trafford.  

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The Ottawa Fury FC lost a close contest to the reigning 2013 NASL Champions New York Cosmos 1-0 but won in the record books by breaking a modern-day NASL attendance records with 14,593 in attendance.  Two days earlier, Telus invited Justin to take in TD Place's CFL opener between the Ottawa Redblacks and the Toronto Argos.  The CFL match was sold out and the Redblacks scored on their final drive and preserved the victory with an interception at the end of the match.  In attendance was Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Hart whom Justin, Mason and Nicki were able to meet at halftime.  

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TD Place is one of the best stadiums and atmospheres in North America and makes Ottawa an attractive place for current and future Stone Sports Management clients to play.  Stone Sports Management would like to thank everyone at the Ottawa Fury FC for being great hosts and looks forward to returning to Ottawa in the future.

 

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa Fury FC Extends Defender Mason Trafford Through 2015

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) -- June 27, 2014

Stone Sports Management is pleased to announce that Canadian National Team Defender Mason Trafford has signed a one and a have year extension with the Ottawa Fury FC.  The 27 year old American-Born Defender has started and played every minute of the NASL's Spring Season under coach Marc Dos Santos and will keep him in the Canadian Capital until December 31, 2015.

"I am very happy to have extended my contract with Ottawa Fury FC through the 2015 season," said Trafford.  "The Spring Season confirmed that I want to be a part of the club's ascension towards becoming a top orgzniaatino within the NASL and Canada.  The club's future is bright and I am proud to be part of the excitement that lies ahead in the coming seasons."

Trafford earned NASL Team of the Week for Spring Week 8 and helped the Fury FC to three clean sheets in the first part of the season. He has settled in quickly with his teammates and has become a fan favorite.  

"Mason once again has become his club's mainstay on the backline and am very happy to see that he has played consistently in his transitation back to North American football.  Despite options domestically and internationally, Mason wanted to continue to be a part of the Fury FC project and looks forward to opening the club's new stadium (TD Place) next month," remarked Stone Sports Management's President and Players' Agent Justin B. Stone. 

Read more: Ottawa Fury FC Extend Mason Trafford Through 2015

Four SSM Clients Win The 2014 NASL Spring Championship with Minnesota United FC

  

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Stone Sports Management would like to congratulate Tiago Calvano, Richard Garcia, Nate Polak and Tyler Polak for winning the 2014 NASL Spring Championship after tying the Tampa Bay Rowides in front of 4,132 fans at Al Lang Stadium. The Loons survived a 9-game sprint earning 20 out of a possible 27 points which was 1 point better than the 2nd place New York Cosmos.

 

The Championship earns Minnesota United an automatic birth to the NASL Championship which will take the Spring Champion, Fall Champion and the next two best clubs based on overall records in both competitions.  

 

Coach Manny Lagos and his staff will have to make sure that the players stay motivated and not lose interest and falter as the Atlanta Silverbacks did last season after capturing the 2013 NASL Spring season. The Fall season will be double in length allowing for more roster rotation that should have the Polak brothers see more time and Cavlano to become more acclimated to North American football.  The tie against the Rowdies marked Garcia’s last game as he will return to play in Australia.

 

Take a look at recaps from the Minnesota United’s website and other media. Click HERE to see Minnesota United’s remaining 2014 Schedule and to follow along on their quest to win the 2014 NASL Championship.  Once again, congrats to SSM's four clients and to Minnesota United! 

 

June 8, 2014

(6.8.14) [VIDEO] KARE 11 - "United Wins NASL Spring Title With Draw"
(6.8.14) Boxscore - "NASL Season Comes To A Close"
(6.8.14) [VIDEO] KEYC - "United Wins NASL Spring Title"
(6.8.14) Star Tribune - "Spring Crown Leaves United Satisfied"


June 7, 2014

(6.7.14) [VIDEO] KSTP - "Minnesota United FC Spring Champions"
(6.7.14) [VIDEO] WTSB - "United Wins NASL Spring Season"

 

 Bernier, Impact Win 2014 Amway Canadian Championhip; Advance to CONCACAF Champions League

 

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Stone Sports Management would like to congratulation Montreal Impact Captain Patrice Bernier and the Impact for winning the 2014 AMWAY Canadian Championship.  The Impact secured the title with a 1-0 win against Toronto FC to capture its second straight crown after tying in the 1st leg away match.  The Championship means that the Impact will compete in the 2014-15 Concacaf Champions League where they will be grouped with the New York Red Bulls and El Savadorian side CD Fas in Group Play starting this Fall.  

 

Bernier started every match for the Impact and played a critical role in midfield.  Montreal had to go through FC Edmonton in the semi-finals before playing Toronto FC in a home and home final. Here is Bernier and Impact midfielder Felipe Martins celebrating with the trophy.

 

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Click HERE for the Impact's CONCACAF Champions League page and HERE for the Schedule to following Patrice Bernier and the Montreal Impact on their quest to become the region's best.


Ottawa Fury FC Defender Omar Jarun Wins 2014 Asian Challenge Cup Final With Palestine National Team

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Stone Sports Management would ike to congratulate Ottawa Fury FC Defender Omar Jarun and the Palestine Natinoal Team for winning the 2014 Asian Challenge Cup after a 1-0 win over the Phillipines  This historical accomplishment is the first major tournament win for Palestine, and the New York Times did a feature on Jarun prior to the Final to which he claimed it was the biggest match in the Naton's history.  Jarun traveled half way across the world in order to return to the National Team after a three-year hiatus.  Jarun cited Ottawa Fury FC's season and training environment as a major reason for his tournament's preparation.

 

Palestine came in the tournament ranked 165th in the World and 34th in Asia.  The win saw Palestine jump an incredible 80 spots and FIFA now ranks them 85th in the world - their highest ever ranking.  Jarun and the Palestine NT incredibly did not concede any goals during the tournament.  A great accomplishment that has made its homeland proud with celebrations lasting days back in Palestine and for the team in Maldives.  Jarun hopes too that the win will help Palestine's image off the field as well.  

 

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Palestine will be placed in Group D with defending champions Japan, Jordan and Iraq.  The competition begins June 9, 2015 in Australia and the group play ends January 20, 2015.  Click HERE for the match schedule. 

 

Click HERE to see Omar Jarun’s Ottawa Fury FC Schedule and follow him throughout the 2014 NASL season as he looks to cement his place with the Palestine National Team and in position to play against Asia’s best.

 

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