Feb. 2, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. –
The Baltimore Brigade added former Baltimore Ravens DB Varmah Sonie to their roster for their inaugural season
presented by MedStar Health.
Sonie, who is entering his fourth year in the Arena Football League, was a
member of the Portland Thunder for two seasons. During that time he
received First Team All-Arena honors and set a franchise record of 86 total
tackles as a rookie. Last season as a member of the Orlando Predators,
Sonie had another stellar season, recording 86 tackles. He has spent time
with both the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“This is a significant signing for the Baltimore Brigade,” said head coach
Omarr Smith. “Varmah Sonie is a dynamic player and he is considered one of
the best defensive backs in the AFL. He has an unrivaled competitive
spirit, a thirst to be great and an ability to make things difficult for
opposing receivers. We are fortunate to have a player of his ilk as a
building block for the Baltimore Brigade football program.”
Sonie was a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection during his
collegiate career at the University of Northern Iowa. His collegiate career
numbers include 158 tackles and 16 pass breakups.
Joining Sonie is veteran DE Calvin Fance who is entering
his fifth season in the AFL. Fance has played for the Philadelphia Soul and
Orlando Predators and has recorded 67 total tackles in his career. He
attended Angelo State where he earned Division II All-America honors.
Rookie WR Lavasier Tuinei was assigned to
the Brigade after having played with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football
League and the Guangzhou Power of the China Arena Football League. He has
been part of the training camps of the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys,
New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. He played at the University of
Oregon and was named the offensive Player of the Game of the 2012 Rose
Rounding out the new additions is Rookie DL Justin Taimatuia of Boise State University. He attended
Fort Scott Community College in Kansas where he earned All-Conference
Honorable Mention before transferring to Boise State. While at Boise State, Taimatuia was a Piesman Award candidate
and finished with 50 tackles.
Full season-ticket memberships are currently on sale for the inaugural
season. Full season tickets start at just $8 per game. Fans can secure
their season tickets for the Baltimore Brigade by calling 667-930-0200 or for more information email the membership sales team at
Single game tickets for the 2017 season will go on sale to the general
public in the coming weeks. The full promotional schedule, including
giveaways, theme nights and food and beverage specials, plus the entire
broadcast schedule release is forthcoming.
The Baltimore Brigade is owned and operated by Monumental Sports &
Entertainment (MSE), which is one of the largest integrated sports and
entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse
partnership groups in all of sports. The company also owns and operates the
AFL’s Washington Valor, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington
Capitals, WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Verizon Center, the premier sports
and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. MSE also oversees the
management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex– the training facility for the
Washington Capitals and EagleBank Arena at George Mason University.
Monumental Sports Network, a digital platform that covers the region’s
sports and entertainment news, is also owned by MSE.