Sky Blue FC has resigned veteran midfielder and Japanese international Nahomi Kawasumi to a one-year contract.
She joined the team in 2018 after being acquired in a trade with Reign FC. Kawasumi finished the 2019 season playing in 19 games (10 starts), notching one assist.
“I am excited to have Naho play for Sky Blue for the upcoming season,” said Freya Coombe, the team’s head coach. “Naho is very technical and calm on the ball which suits the style of the team. She is a great teammate and a fan favorite.”
Kawasumi has been in the NWSL since 2014 and has made 87 regular-season appearances, scoring 18 goals and 20 assists. As a member of ReignFC in 2014, she scored nine times and added five assists. In 2017 her nine assists led the league.
“Naho is an absolute professional of the game and brings so much steady energy to our club,” said Alyse LaHue, general manager for Sky Blue. “She is another player for us that we felt was integral to have back on our roster for 2020 in terms of what she brings both on and off the field through her veteran lead-by-example presence.”
Kawasumi made her first appearance for the Japanese national team in 2008. In 2011, she helped Japan win their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup championship. The following year Kawasumi was part of the squad that finished second to the United States in the 2012 London Olympics, receiving the nation’s first-ever silver medal for women’s soccer at the tournament.
In 2015 Kawasumi was a part of the squad that made it to the final of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, taking runner-up to the U.S.