Oakland Roots Sign First-Ever Player: Oakland Native Devante Dubose
Oakland, Calif. (Feb 19, 2019) - The Oakland Roots have signed Oakland native Devante Dubose, a former San Jose Earthquakes draft pick and Phoenix Rising defender.
Dubose, 26, is a product of Bishop O’Dowd High School and Oakland-based youth club Bay Oaks Academy, now known as East Bay United. He captained Bishop O’Dowd as a senior in 2008-09, helping lead them to a No. 15 national ranking. Since returning to the Bay Area following his 2018 campaign with Phoenix, Dubose has started running his own training company.
“I’m blessed and filled with gratitude to have the opportunity to continue my playing career where it all started for me, and I’m even more grateful to be part of something that is much bigger than me here in my community,” said Dubose. “I am honored to be the first ever signing, and grateful to be a pioneer for the sport in such a prestigious community, but even more excited to have arrived at the right time with the right people behind me to do something magical. I want thank God, my family, and the Oakland Roots organization for believing in me; this is only the beginning of something great.”
“Having known Devante for a number of years, I can’t imagine a better person, and player, to represent Oakland Roots and to forever hold the title of ‘first player in club history,’” said Oakland Roots Club President Benno Nagel. “Being born and raised in Oakland, Devante has a passion and determination for the vision of our club that extends well beyond success on the field. His commitment to our community and our ability, together, to leverage the power of sport to inspire young people in Oakland means that we’re acquiring much more than just a highly-talented soccer player. In Devante, we are bringing a player to the Roots who will lead by example, and who will personify the mission that we as an organization intend to achieve”.
Dubose was drafted No. 66 overall by the San Jose Earthquakes in 2014 after a standout career at Virginia Tech. Coaches at the MLS Combine described him as the fastest defender in college soccer. The right back most recently spent time with USL side Phoenix Rising in 2018, making 15 appearances as their squad won the Western Conference. Dubose has also featured in the past with Oklahoma City Energy in the USL, as well in the PDL for Midland/Odessa, San Jose Earthquakes U-23, FC Tucson and locally for Oakland-based CD Aguiluchos USA.
Dubose will wear the No. 67 as the club’s first ever signing. “I chose the No. 67 because for me it symbolizes reciprocating fear into positive energy” Said Devante. “Although a number is a number, 67 represents a fresh start with the vision of positive growth, which is the key to growth, and I intend to grow on and off the field. I can only hope when a kid let alone anyone who sees me with this number on my back see’s a dream chaser, and you never know, but the hope is always to spark the next dream.”
Name: Devante Dubose
Weight: 160 lbs.
Date of Birth: August 5, 1992
Hometown: Oakland, Calif.
About Oakland Roots
More than just a club, more than just a game. Oakland Roots Sports Club seeks to harness the magic of Oakland and the beautiful game of soccer as a force for social good. Whether on the pitch, in the stands or within the community, Oakland Roots will represent our one-of-a-kind city with passion, pride, and commitment to all things Oakland. Player by player. Supporter by supporter. Resident by resident. One day at a time. One game at a time. This is about Oakland first, always.
The Roots will play in the NPSL's inaugural Founders Cup. The Founders Cup, which will run from August through November of 2019, is a prelude to a new branch of the NPSL that will feature professional teams in a full regular season slate launching in the spring of 2020. For more information about the NPSL and its vision for the Founders Cup, visit www.npsl.com.
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