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Transfer: Minnesota United FC Bolster Defense with Swiss Outsdide Back Jérôme Thiesson

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Stone Sports Management LLC (Columbus, Ohio) - February 21, 2017

Stone Sports Management LLC ("SSM") is pleased to announce Jérôme Thiesson's transfer from Swiss Super League FC Luzern to Minnesota United FC. The 29-year-old Swiss defender becomes one of the most experienced outside backs in Major League Soccer with over 350 professional matches.  The Loons have secured Thiesson's services through the 2018 season with a 2019 Option, and he will join his Minnesota United teammates as soon as he receives his P1-visa in hopes of doing so before the March 3, 2017 season opener against the Portland Timbers.

"I am honored to be one of the select internationals that Minnesota United FC has chosen to be part of its inaugural season," reflected Thiesson.  "This unique experience to start a project from the beginning is not possible in Europe and so it made my difficult decision to leave FC Luzern easier.  I want to thank the FC Luzern and its fans for my five and a half fantastic years at the club and applaud the administration for supporting my wish to come to Major League Soccer.  I also want to recognize Head Coach Adrian Heath, Sporting Director Manny Lagos and Director of Soccer Amos Magee for their courtship and making me feel welcomed." 

Thiesson signed with FC Luzern in summer 2011 and averaged over 30 games per season.  In 2016/2017, Thiesson played in 10 matches and returned to the lineup and started in a 4-1 win against BSC Young Boys, which would turn out to be his last match for FC Luzern. In his professional career that started in 2005/2006 with FC Zurich, Thiesson has primarily played right back but also has significant experience as a left back and has also featured as right midfielder, defensive midfielder and a central defender in a 3-man back line. Prior to signing with FC Luzern, he featured in 85 matches with now defunct AC Bellinzona, including one season entirely as a left back under former Montreal Impact Head Coach Marco Schillibaum. From 2007 until 2009, Thiesson played for FC Wil 1900 before moving to the Swiss Super League with AC Bellinzona in January 2009. Thiesson's versatility will immediately provide options for Coach Heath along the backline.

"With Minnesota United FC looking to add a versatile, veteran defender, I am glad they recognized Thiesson's abilities and experience to help compliment a diverse roster that looks to make its mark in MLS for its expansion season," remarked SSM's President and USSF Licensed Intermediary Justin B. Stone. "Minnesota United FC is getting a player who has fantastic character, and I am excited for him and his wife to experience a new competition and culture."

Thiesson becomes SSM's first international right back signing in MLS and marks MLS's second signing this window from FC Luzern. SSM would like to congratulate Jérôme, his wife and the entire Minnesota United FC organization on this signing and wishes them the best during the 2017 inaugural season and beyond!

Click HERE for Minnesota United FC's inaugural season schedule and enjoy highlights below!  


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 145 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.

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