KOBE – Nahomi Kawasumi, who played a pivotal role in helping Nadeshiko Japan win the 2011 Women’s World Cup, will join U.S. National Women’s Soccer League club the Seattle Reign, INAC Kobe Leonessa confirmed Friday.
The 30-year-old striker, who also helped Nadeshiko win the 2012 London Olympic silver medal and finish runner-up at the 2015 World Cup, moves to Seattle for a second time.
Kawasumi played on loan during the 2014 season for Seattle, the current club of Rumi Utsugi. She will play her last game for INAC against JEF United Chiba Ladies in a league cup match on Sunday.
“I want to say thank you very much to INAC for the last eight years,” Kawasumi said in a club press release. “INAC really is my true home.”
Japan missed out on a place at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics and neither Kawasumi nor Utsugi were part of Asako Takakura’s squad for the new Nadeshiko coach’s first two games against the United States earlier this month.