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Oakland Roots Add Veteran NorCal Defender Emrah Klimenta

By Roots SC, 06/05/21, 8:45AM PDT



Oakland, CA - Oakland Roots have added the veteran NorCal defender Emrah Klimenta to the roster ahead of the game against Orange County SC. Emrah comes to Roots with more than 100 USL appearances to his name, bringing a depth of knowledge and experience to Roots.


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Emrah Klimenta has deep roots in Oakland and the East Bay, having first moved to the city of Oakland with his family upon emigrating from Montenegro. His family currently resides in the East Bay. Klimenta was part of the inaugural Sacramento Republic team that won the USL Championship in 2014. He would go onto play four seasons with the NorCal side, making 91 appearances, and scoring nine goals. All while becoming a fan favorite during that span. He left the club in 2018, spending a brief period of time with MLS side LA Galaxy before returning to Sacramento for the remainder of the season. Following his second stint in Sacramento, Klimenta spent a season in Reno and one in San Diego in 2019 and 2020 respectively. During his time in the USL, Klimenta has been called up to represent his national team in Montenegro on seven occasions. 

Welcome to the Squad Emrah.