Date of Birth2.19.1983 (40)
AT A GLANCE:
- Owns five years of MLS experience including four with New England and one with Vancouver (2013).
- Owns 124 career MLS appearances, 65 starts, four goals, and 10 assists.
- Is one of four Revs players to appear in every game of a 34-game regular season (2014), joining José Gonçalves (2013), Scott Caldwell (2015), and Diego Fagundez (2016).
- Has played 17 professional seasons after playing for clubs in the Japanese J-League, Greece, and Norway.
- Has been capped once by Japan, making international debut in 2006 after playing on the country’s U-18 and U-20 sides.
MLS CAREER: One of the team’s most accurate passers with five seasons of MLS experiences including four in New England…First entered the League with Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2013…Career totals include 124 appearances, 65 starts, four goals, 10 assists, 67 shots, and 17 shots on goal in 5,849 minutes played…In the postseason, tallied one assist in three appearances in 2014…In 2017, appeared in 12 games with four starts and one goal…Appeared in 27 games, starting six, and recorded one goal in 2016…In 2015, started 11 of 21 appearances and registered two assists…Started 23 of 34 games and notched four assists in first season with the Revs…During first season with Vancouver, started 21 of 30 matches and amassed career highs in goals (three) and assists (10).
2017: Made 12 appearances and four starts…Recorded one goal on five shots, including two on target…(3/4) at COL: Made 2017 debut in the regular season opener, playing 33 minutes…(3/25) vs. MIN: Subbed on in the second half of the home opener…(4/19) vs. SJ: Made first start since Aug. 8, 2016 at Toronto, playing 52 minutes in the scoreless draw…(4/29) at SEA: Scored first goal since the 2016 season opener at Houston on a shot from distance…Finished match with two shots on goal…(5/6) at CLB: Started second consecutive match for first time since June 25, 2016…Played 57 minutes in 2-0 loss…(5/31) at NYC: Started and played all 90 minutes for the first time since Aug. 6, 2016…(7/29) vs. PHI: Returned to the bench after missing time with a hamstring injury…(9/13) at ATL: Made first appearance since June 17 as a halftime substitute…(9/16) at SKC: Played 45 minutes as a substitute…(9/27) at ORL: Played 36 minutes as a substitute.
2016: Appeared in 27 games, with six starts, in 2016…Led team with 21 substitute appearances…Registered one goal…(3/6) at HOU: Helped Revs earn a point in season opener with an equalizer in the third minute of second-half stoppage time, leveling the score at 3-3…Played five minutes in the match…(4/1) vs. NY: Played 20 minutes as a second-half substitute…(4/17) at ORL: Registered one shot in the 2-2 draw…(4/27) vs. POR: Earned the start in the 1-1 draw…Played 70 minutes and notched one shot…(6/18) at VAN: Returned to the starting lineup and played 63 minutes in the 2-1 win…(7/2) at MTL: Made third consecutive start for the first time since July 2015 and recorded one shot in the 3-2 loss…(8/6) at TOR: Returned to the starting lineup and played 90 minutes.
2015: Made 21 appearances, including 11 starts, all in central midfield…Tallied two assists…Missed action over an eight-game stretch with a hamstring strain and back injury…Also participated in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup as a substitute…(3/28) vs. SJ: Notched an assist in the Revs’ first win of the year, a 2-1 victory…(7/18) vs. NYC: Registered second assist of the season, helping set up Lee Nguyen’s game-winning goal…Postseason: (10/28) at DC: Appeared off the bench in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round defeat.
2014: Appeared in all 34 of the Revs’ regular season games after being acquired in a trade from Vancouver in late February…Became second player in club history to appear in every game of a 34-game regular season, joining Jose Goncalves (2013)…Started 23 times for the club and tallied four assists, including two game-winning helpers…Played in two of the club’s three U.S. Open Cup contests…(3/8) at HOU: Made Revolution debut in the season opener…Started the match and played 74 minutes…(4/12) vs. HOU: Set up Kevin Alston’s game-winning goal and earned first assist with the Revolution …(5/3) at TOR: Contributed an assist in the team’s 2-1 victory…(5/17) at PHI: Notched third assist of the season…(8/23) vs. CHV: Recorded fourth and final assist of the year, setting up Lee Nguyen’s game-winning goal…Postseason: (11/1) at CLB: Played one minute as a substitute…(11/9) vs. CLB: Played 15 minutes and recorded first career postseason assist only two minutes into shift…Helped set up Teal Bunbury’s goal in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series…(12/7) at LA: Played 62 minutes in MLS Cup after replacing Scott Caldwell in the 58th minute.
2013 (with Vancouver Whitecaps FC): Signed with Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Jan. 28…Started 21 of 30 regular season appearances…Scored two goals and added four assists…Played in two of Vancouver’s four games in the Amway Canadian Championship and scored in the second leg of the final against the Montreal Impact…(3/2) vs. TOR: Made MLS debut and first career start…Played 76 minutes and recorded first assist…Set up future Revolution teammate Gershon Koffie’s game-winning goal…(3/9) vs. CLB: Scored first MLS goal in second match, a 2-1 win…(9/7) at DAL: Scored first goal since the season’s second match, opening the scoring in a 3-1 road loss…(10/9) at SEA: Recorded first multi-assist game in MLS…Set up a pair of Kekuta Manneh goals in the 4-1 road win…(10/18) at COL: Notched an assist in a second straight game, again helping Manneh find the net.
CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS: A two-time All Star in the top Japanese league…Began professional career in 2001 with Tokyo Verdy of the J-League, where he played five seasons (2001-2005)…Scored 10 goals in 135 matches for the club…Moved to fellow J-League side Omiya Ardija in 2006 and spent three seasons there from 2006-2008…Appeared in 55 games and scored nine goals…Moved to Europe in 2009, signing with Stabaek in the Norwegian Tippeligaen…Scored eight goals in 29 matches and helped the Norwegian side finish third in league standings…After one season in Norway, moved to Greece to play for Iraklis FC…Made 15 appearances in Greece during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 campaigns…Tallied three assists…Returned to Japan to play for Shimizu S-Pulse in the J-League…Made 38 appearances for the club from 2011-12, slotting home two goals.
NATIONAL TEAM (JAPAN): Capped once by Japan…Made international debut on Aug. 9, 2006 in a friendly against Trinidad & Tobago in Tokyo…In 2003, helped lead Japan to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Youth Championship (now FIFA Under-20 World Cup)…Former member of Japan’s Under-18 and Under-20 squads.
PERSONAL: Attended Shimizu Commercial High School in Japan from 1998-2000.