LOS ANGELES (Thursday, May 14, 2018) – The LA Galaxy have signed defender Sheanon Williams, the club announced today. Williams, 28, joins the LA Galaxy after collecting 192 MLS appearances during stints with the Philadelphia Union, Houston Dynamo, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The LA Galaxy also announced that defender Emrah Klimenta has been released from the club.
“Sheanon is a player that adds valuable MLS experience to our backline at a position of need,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach Sigi Schmid. “We believe he will bolster our right back position and we are excited to add him to our roster. We thank Emrah for his contributions and wish him the best of luck.”
Williams will be available for selection when the team faces the Portland Timbers in the Fifth Round of the U.S. Open Cup on Friday, June 15 at 8 p.m. PT.
Williams signed with the Philadelphia Union in 2010 to begin his MLS career. Since then, the Boston, Massachusetts product has gone on to make 192 appearances in MLS, scoring seven goals and adding 25 assists during his time with the Union (2010-2015), Houston Dynamo (2015-2016) and the Vancouver Whitecaps (2018).
Internationally, Williams is a product of the U.S. Under-17 National Team Residency Program and has played in two youth World Cups for the United States: the U-17 World Cup in South Korea (2007) and the U-20 World Cup in Egypt (2009).
The LA Galaxy signed Emrah Klimenta on Jan. 16, 2018 from Sacramento Republic. He made two starts for the Galaxy this year.
Transaction: LA Galaxy sign defender Sheanon Williams; LA Galaxy release defender Emrah Klimenta
Name: Sheanon Williams
Weight: 170 lbs.
Last Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS)
Birthplace: Boston, MA
Nationality: United States