When newly minted FC Cincinnati striker Yuya Kubo makes his MLS debut in March, few will be more eager to welcome him than Tsubasa Endoh.

The Toronto FC midfielder, who in 2016 became the first Japanese player selected in the MLS SuperDraft, told From the Spot earlier this month he hopes the presence of the former Samurai Blue player will help bolster the league's exposure in Japan.

"It's huge for me. For me and for (MLS)," Endoh said. "Because I'm the only Japanese player right now. We just don't get enough attention.