CHICAGO -- Ever since her arrival in Chicago forward Yuki Nagasato has been immensely popular amongst the Red Stars faithful. Regarded for her cool demeanor off the field and clever presence in between the lines, fans in the Windy City are treated to some beautiful soccer anytime the Japanese footballer sets foot on the pitch.
Her next move in her career will get the attention of even the most casual fans.
The Chicago Red Stars announced Wednesday that Nagasato is heading back to her native country of Japan, on loan, to play for Hayabusa Eleven.
Big deal right? We see loan moves all of the time.
This move is a big deal because Hayabusa is an amateur men's club that plays in the Kanagawa Prefecture League.
Nagasato arrived in Chicago in 2017. She was a World Cup Champion in 2011 with Japan and has made 52 appearances for the Red Stars. She enjoyed a banner year with Chicago in 2019. Her eight goals notched her a top-ten spot in the NWSL in scoring, Nagasato led the league in assists with eight.
The loan ends prior to the start of the 2021 NWSL preseason.