[NWSL 2014 COUNTDOWN]
Yet another Japanese player has joined the NWSL. After Nahomi Kawasumi
(Seattle) and Aya Sameshima
(Houston), forward Nanase Kiryu
, who was named to the 2013 Nadeshiko League Best XI at NTV Beleza, scoring 14
goals in 28 appearances, has signed with Sky Blue FC.
"Sky Blue FC is very pleased to add its first Japanese national team player," technical director and head coach Jim Gabarra
said in a statement. "We look forward to integrating her abilities into our club and seeing her adjustment to the National Women's Soccer League."
Unlike Kawasumi and Sameshima, Kiryu, 24, was not part of Japan's 2011 Women's World Cup championship team, but she has been called up for the Algarve Cup, where Japan will open against the USA
on March 5.
Kiryu scored 40 career goals for NTV Beleza, prior to which she played for FC Komazawa.