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SSM would like to congratulate Rochester Rhinos Goalkeeper Kristian Nicht and Charleston Battery Midfielder Nicki Paterson for their selection to the United Soccer Leagues (USL) PRO All-League First Team.  Nicht's selection also had him earn USL Pro Goalkeeper of the Year.  These two represent the only SSM clients signed at the start of the 2012 USL Pro season.


Nicht would be the most impressive goalkeeper in the league starting the season with a modern-day North American record for consecutive shutouts to start his career.  Nicht and the Rhinos jumped out to lead USL PRO after 6 consecutive shutouts.  Nicht would finish the season as league leader with 11 shutouts in just 22 games played. He also ranked amongst the league leaders with 12 wins (2nd), 0.909 goals against average (2nd) and 86 saves (4th). The Rhinos earned the #2 seed entering the USL Playoffs and will have a bye into the semi-final round.  


Nicht validated his pedigree having played in the Bundesliga 1, Bundesliga 2 and the Norwegian Tippaligaen prior to his Rhino arrival.  The 6' 5" Goalkeeper commanded his back line and made many high quality saves throughout the season.  His distribution was also exemplary.  Nicht's season has not gone unnoticed with Major League Soccer clubs as it is confirmed that already one MLS club has a discovery on him.  Nicht has set himself up well to be in MLS for the 2013 season.  Here is his USL PRO Player of the Week performance against the Charleston Battery where Nicht had an incredible 12 saves.



Paterson built on his 2011 Charleston Battery MVP season with more impressive numbers and leadership to help the Battery to the #3 seed entering the USL Playoffs.  Paterson led the USL Pro in scoring from midfield and finished 3rd in overall scoring with 11 goals and 2 assists.  His 11 goals was just one behind the leader.  Nicki also added a goal in US Open Cup play where he scored the game winner on an impressive free kick which would be the third consecutive year NIcki knocked Reading out of the US Open Cup with a free kick goal.  The Battery recognized Nicki's outstanding play and rewarded him again with the 2012 Charleston Battery Offensive MVP and Nigel Cooper Player of The Year awards.  


All the best to these two in the USL Pro playoffs!

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