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Farewell: Tiago Calvano's Minnesota United FC Chapter Ends

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Stone Sports Management LLC (Columbus, Ohio) - March 22, 2017

After more than 60 appearances for Minnesota United FC, Tiago Calvano is moving on after agreeing to a mutual termination. The 35 year-old Brazilian joined the Loons in February 2014 and immediately made an impact helping the club to the Spring 2014 NASL Championship and would later be named to the NASL Best XI and Golden Ball nominee. In response to his stellar play that season, Minnesota United FC extended him for an additional two seasons while the club's uncertain future whether it would join MLS loomed. Calvano wore the Captain's armband on numerous occasions, participated in the NASL Playoffs and integrated well in the Twin Cities' community. Other highlights included playing friendlies against Swansea and AFC Bournemouth as well as obtaining his US Permanent Residency a/ka US Green Card.

"Tiago has been a consummate professional throughout his time with Minnesota and played an important role in the club's development," remarked SSM's President and USSF Licensed Intermediary Justin B. Stone. "Although his Minnesota United FC chapter closes on the playing front, a new and exciting project begins for Tiago, and the mutual respect between the Club and Player leaves the door open in the future."  

Below is Calvano's goodbye note. SSM would like to echo his remarks and thank those with Minnesota United FC throughout these past years. Stay tuned to learn which club Calvano will sign with for the 2017 season!  

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After an incredible three years in Minnesota, it is time for me to say goodbye.  It was an honor to represent the club and a privilege to play in front of amazing fans that rivaled or exceeded my past clubs. A special thanks to the Dark Clouds who made every home game a memorable experience! 

In 2014, my family and I took a big step moving from Australia and started our “American Dream,” which became a reality when I received my US Green Card.  Thank you to my agents Justin Stone and Damone Priestley who provided me with this great opportunity and being there throughout. 

I will never forget lifting the Spring NASL Championship, the honor of wearing the Captain’s armband and the memories with my teammates, staff and the fans.  A special thanks to the Club and staff members who welcomed me and were always there to assist me. 

The Twin Cities will always be special to me and wish nothing but success for the club and community as it grows in Major League Soccer.  

I am happy to continue to play in America for two more seasons and will be announcing soon my new project. 

This is goodbye for now… but once a Loon, always a Loon!              


Tiago Calvano #5


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