In a club first, Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta has been called up to the Montenegro national team camp.
Klimenta will join the team in Podgorica, Montenegro on Friday and stay through its friendly against Turkey on May 29.
“This is a really proud moment for Emrah and his family,” said Republic FC coach Paul Buckle in a release. “It could not happen to a nicer lad. He is brilliant to work with, he works very hard and absolutely deserves this opportunity with his national team. Myself, the players and everybody else at the club wish him all the best.”
This is the first time a Republic FC first-team player has been called up to their respective national team. Republic FC has had seven academy players called up to the United States, Guam and Canada youth national teams.
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Klimenta has started all eight of Republic FC’s USL matches this season, scoring a goal against LA Galaxy II on May 7.
▪ Republic FC will host CD Aguiluchos USA at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bonney Field in a second-round U.S. Open Cup match.
Bee Sports Staff