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Defender Emrah Klimenta signs with LA Galaxy

Montenegro international adds depth to the Galaxy back line

Poland v Montenegro - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Galaxy have added another piece to the promising rebuild, signing Sacramento Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta from the USL. The rock-solid defender will look to compete for minutes while adding roster depth in the back.

“Emrah has shown very well for himself in Sacramento and he’s deserving of this opportunity in MLS,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach Sigi Schmid. “He will be a valuable and versatile defender in our backline. We are very excited to welcome Emrah into our club.”

Klimenta, 26, was signed by Sacramento Republic FC ahead of their inaugural season in 2014, earning a contract after trying out for the team. Later that year, Klimenta and Sacramento Republic FC were crowned USL PRO Champions in their inaugural season. In four years with the club, he recorded 88 starts in 92 appearances for a total of 7,915 minutes. He leads the club in each category and helped the team to the playoffs in each year he was with organization.

Born in Rožaje, Montenegro, Klimenta has been internationally capped by his home country. In 2016, he earned his first cap in a friendly against Turkey and was called in for two separate World Cup Qualifying legs later that year.

The Galaxy now have 20 active players on the roster, excluding Michael Ciani who is not expected to return.