Nadeshiko League legend Shinobu Ono hangs up cleats

Soccer Feb 5, 2020

Nadeshiko League legend Shinobu Ono hangs up cleats

Former Japan striker Shinobu Ono, the all-time top goal scorer in the women's Nadeshiko League, has retired from soccer after 21 seasons, her former club Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara said Wednesday. The 36-year-old helped Japan win the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011 and finish ...

INAC confirms Seattle move for Kawasumi

Soccer Jun 17, 2016

INAC confirms Seattle move for Kawasumi

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 ...

Sawa aims for goal in career finale

Soccer Dec 26, 2015

Sawa aims for goal in career finale

Homare Sawa will take to the field on Sunday for the very last time in her 25-year career, and the women's soccer icon is determined to end on a high note with the Empress' Cup in her hand, and with a goal, too. "It will ...

Retiring Sawa, INAC reach Empress' Cup semifinals

Soccer Dec 19, 2015

Retiring Sawa, INAC reach Empress' Cup semifinals

Homare Sawa, who announced her retirement at the end of the season, will at least have another game before calling it a career after playing the full 90 minutes in INAC Kobe Leonessa's 2-0 win over AS Saitama in the Empress' Cup quarterfinals on ...

Nadeshiko Japan's Kawasumi to play for U.S. team

Soccer Jan 29, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan's Kawasumi to play for U.S. team

Nadeshiko Japan midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi is set for a move from INAC Kobe Leonessa to a team in the National Women's Soccer League in the United States, INAC general manager Yasunori Yamashita said Wednesday. Yamashita said the 28-year-old Kawasumi is "getting ready to move to ...