Females’s World Cup winner Nagasato joins men’s club in Japan

ATSUGI, Japan (AP) — Females’s World Cup winner Yuki Nagasato is becoming a member of Eastern men’s club Hayabusa Eleven on loan from the Chicago Pink Stars within the NWSL.

The boys’s team plays in an newbie regional league that is several ranges under the country’s top pro soccer league, the J-League.

Nagasato, who gained the Females’s World Cup with Japan in 2011, joined Chicago in 2017 after enjoying in several other leagues. The Pink Stars mentioned in an announcement that Nagasato’s loan will discontinue old to the 2021 NWSL preseason.

“I want to obtain the message out to the ladies who’re enjoying soccer with the boys that females may perhaps doubtless be a part of the men’s team and challenge themselves,” Nagasato mentioned Thursday.

Nagasato mentioned she is observing for playing for a team in her native land of Atsugi, which is found attain Yokohama correct southwest of Tokyo.

“Basically talking, I don’t know the way neatly I will be ready to play on the men’s team, but I will compose my most effective to form the most of my skills,” she mentioned. “My performance and conditioning are getting better as I obtain more experienced. Right here’s appropriate timing for me and I’m in fact observing for this challenge.”

Nagasato mentioned she became once influenced by American participant Megan Rapinoe.

“It became once very appealing to listen to the social message about gender inequality and other messages that Rapinoe became once attempting to elevate all the way thru the (2019) World Cup,” Nagasato mentioned. “So I in fact maintain been pondering how I’m capable of compose the same.”

It became once her older brother Genki, a feeble J-League participant who plays for Hayabusa, who helped his sister be a part of the team.

“For over a decade she’s been telling me that her closing dream is to play in a men’s team,” Genki Nagasato mentioned. “So, as an older brother, I wanted to inspire my sister enact her dream.”


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