The Chicago Red Stars have announced the signing of Japanese international Yuki Nagasato.
Nagasato has appeared 132 times with the Japanese Women’s National Team, where she scored 58 goals and was a three-time World Cup player and two-time Olympian. She was a key member of the 2011 Women’s World Cup team that defeated the U.S. Women’s National Team in a penalty shoot-out to win the 2011 title.
She has previously played for NTV Beleza of the Nadeshiko League – scoring 88 goals in 133 appearances, FFC Turbine Potsdam of the Bundesliga – earning three straight Bundesliga championships and scoring 18 goals in her final season with the team, Chelsea FC of the FA Women’s Super League – scoring 5 goals in 18 appearances, and Vfl Wolfsburg of the Bundesliga – scoring 4 goals in 9 appearances. She has been with FFC Frankfurt of the Bundesliga since 2015, where she has scored 8 goals in 35 appearances.
The addition of 29-year-old Nagasato is a key addition to the Red Stars offense, which includes U.S. National Team forward Christen Press.
Nagasato is expected to join Chicago on May 31, 2017.