Yuki Nagasato is going to make history. The 33-year-old Chicago Red Stars forward will be the first female footballer to play professionally at a men’s club.
Nagasato, the winner of the Women’s World Cup for Japan, has signed a contract with Hayabusar XI of Kagagawa Prefecture League. Both sides confirmed the news on Thursday (September 10th), Tokyo-based media outlet Kyoda News reported.
Nagasato joined the Red Stars in 2016. She previously played for the Japan national women’s soccer team, winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2011 and was part of the team that won the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
“My performance and position are improving as I get older,” said Nagasato, who is set to be part of history, after signing with Hayabusar XI. I look forward to taking on this challenge. ’
Nagasato has previously played in women’s professional football for Chelsea, Volksburg and Frankfurt.