Celebs hog spotlight at subpar J. League gala

Soccer | From the Spot Dec 11, 2019

Celebs hog spotlight at subpar J. League gala

by Dan Orlowitz

Sunday's J. League Awards should have been an opportunity for the league and its promotional team to take a victory lap after a 2019 season that shattered attendance records and drew unprecedented interest from overseas. Instead, it demonstrated a stunning lapse in the league's understanding ...

Marinos' faith in Teruhito Nakagawa pays off

Soccer / J. League Dec 9, 2019

Marinos' faith in Teruhito Nakagawa pays off

by Dan Orlowitz

Just over five years ago, Yokohama F. Marinos showed their faith in then-22-year-old Teruhito Nakagawa when they announced they would sign the Senshu University attacker to a pro contract, less than two weeks after he had severely damaged his right knee on the pitch. Following ...

Marinos move closer to title

Soccer / J. League Nov 30, 2019

Marinos move closer to title

by Dan Orlowitz

One way or another, the trophy presented annually to the winner of the J. League's first division was bound for Nissan Stadium after Saturday. The big question was whether it would be transported under the careful supervision of league officials or paraded home by the ...

J. League embraces discussion of controversy

Soccer | From the Spot Jul 17, 2019

J. League embraces discussion of controversy

by Dan Orlowitz

Knowledge is not always power, but a little communication can go a long way. That's perhaps the biggest takeaway from last Saturday's game between Yokohama F. Marinos and Urawa Reds, where an outside source of information gave Teruhito Nakagawa a somewhat undeserved goal in the ...

Marcos Junior lifts persistent F. Marinos past Antlers

Soccer / J. League Apr 28, 2019

Marcos Junior lifts persistent F. Marinos past Antlers

Brazilian striker Marcos Junior scored the 82nd-minute winner, giving Yokohama F. Marinos a well-earned 2-1 victory over Kashima Antlers in the J. League first division on Sunday. Despite controlling the ball for most of the game, F. Marinos trailed early and were thwarted by stout ...