A technically-gifted attacking midfielder … has tremendous field vision and ability to integrate his teammates into the attack … right-footed … very adept at set piece service … entering his second season in MLS, but his 14th professional season … has played most of his career in his native Japan, but has also spent time in Norway, Greece and MLS … signed with Whitecaps FC on January 28, 2013, and then was traded to the Revolution on February 26, 2014 … Twitter account: @DaigoKobayashi_.
2013: Signed with Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Jan. 28, 2013. Started 21 of his 30 regular-season appearances. Scored two goals and added four assists. Made his MLS debut against Toronto FC (March 2) and recorded first career assist, a game-winner. Scored his first MLS goal against Columbus Crew (March 9). Opened the scoring against FC Dallas (Sept. 7). Scored a goal in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship final against Montreal Impact (May 29). Had a two-assist performance at Seattle (Oct. 9). Had his option declined at the end of the season, but Vancouver held his MLS rights, necessitating a trade to the Revs early in 2014.
BEFORE MLS: Began his professional career in 2001 with Japan’s Tokyo Verdy, where he played for five seasons (2001-2005) … appeared in 135 matches for Tokyo Verde, scoring 10 goals … after five seasons with Verdy, moved to Omiya Ardija of Japan’s J-League and stayed with the club for three seasons (2006-2008) … made 55 appearances and scored nine goals with Omiya Ardija … spent the 2009 season with Stabaek Fotball of the Norwegian Tippeligaen, where he scored eight goals in 29 matches and helped the Norwegian side finish third in league standings … spent 18 months (2010-11) with Greek Football League side Iraklis FC and appeared in 18 matches before returning to J-League side Shimizu S-Pulse … made 38 appearances for Shimizu S-Pulse in two seasons (20011-2012).
INTERNATIONAL: Has one cap with the Japan National Team, which came on Aug. 9, 2006 in Tokyo in a friendly against Trinidad & Tobago … he was a former member of Japan’s Under-18 squad … in 2003, helped lead Japan to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Youth Championship (now FIFA Under-20 World Cup).