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Oakland Roots Sign MLS and NASL Veteran Midfielder Joseph Nane

By Roots SC, 09/13/21, 9:55AM PDT

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Oakland, CA - Roots sign Joseph Nane for the remainder of the 2021 USL Championship season. The 34-year-old veteran midfielder from Cameroon has had a long career in North America and abroad having played in MLS, NASL, the Kazakhstan top division, and the Cyrpiot top division. Most recently, the defensive midfielder featured for ASIL Lysi in Cyprus. 

“We are excited to add such an experienced veteran to our group as we continue to improve the team,” said VP of Soccer Eric Yamamoto. “Jojo has deep experience in the game in North America and will be an important addition to our team coming down the stretch run of the season.” 

Nane’s extensive professional experience began with Toronto FC in 2010 when he was drafted 53rd overall in the MLS SuperDraft. Nane would make 10 appearances in Toronto helping the team lift the Canadian Championship. At the end of the 2010 season he was traded to Colorado Rapids where he would go on to spend the full 2011 and 2012 seasons. 

In 2013, Nane signed with the New York Cosmos of the NASL. In that season playing alongside Marco Senna the New York Cosmos won the 2013 NASL Championship with the duo dominating midfield. Nane would continue with the Cosmos in 2014 before playing the 2015 season with San Antonio in the NASL as well. Since 2016, Nane has been abroad, playing three seasons in Kazakhstan and the last two seasons in Cyprus. 

Welcome to Oakland, Nane.