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YUKI NAGASATO

Position: Forward

Birthdate: July 15, 1987

Hometown: Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan

Height: 5’6’’

Previous Team: Chicago Red Stars

With Racing Louisville: Playing as a winger and an attacking midfielder, Nagasato made 21 appearances and 18 starts for Racing. She scored two regular season goals, including one against her former club, the Chicago Red Stars, in a June 26 victory. Nagasato also numbered a pair of assists and found the back of the net for a go-ahead goal late in The Women’s Cup final against FC Bayern Munich.

Before Racing Louisville FC: Nagasato began her professional career in Japan with NTV Beleza in the Nadeshiko League, Japan’s top women’s soccer league. In eight seasons the forward made 133 appearances, scored 88 goals and won three titles. She went on to play Germany with FFC Turbine Potsdam, winning three straight Bundesliga championships before making the move in 2013 to play for Chelsea FC. At the beginning of 2015, the attacker made her way back to Germany playing for Vfl Wolfsburg and FFC Frankfurt. In 2017, Nagasato finally made her move to the NWSL, signing with the Chicago Red Stars. While in Chicago she made 58 appearances, tallying 13 goals and 18 assists. In September of 2020, she made history as the first woman to sign with men’s team Hayabusa Eleven in her native Japan on a loan deal. A trade the next month sent her to Racing Louisville FC for its inaugural season.

International: Since 2007, Nagasato has represented her country in three FIFA Women’s World Cups and at two Olympic games. In 2011, Japan won the World Cup, and in 2015 Nagasato's side made it back to the final in a game where she scored against the United States. Overall, Nagasato has been capped 132 times and scored 58 international goals.


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