Leesburg, VA., (06/01/21) – Japan Women’s National Team Head Coach Asako Takakura has named Spirit midfielder Saori Takarada to the roster for the team’s upcoming matches against Ukraine and Mexico.
Japan will face Ukraine in a friendly match on Thursday, June 10 in Hiroshima, Japan (3:15 p.m. JST/3:15 a.m. ET). Nadeshiko Japan will then face off against Mexico at the MS&AD Cup 2021 in Tochigi, Japan on Sunday, June 13 (2:00 p.m. JST/2:00 a.m. ET). Takarada will miss the Spirit’s June 6 match vs. Orlando due to travel for these two matches.
Takarada was a part of two April friendly matches for Nadeshiko Japan, starting both at centerback. The 21-year-old has represented her country at the U-17, U-20 and senior team levels. Takarada joined the national team at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. She made her debut for Nadeshiko Japan on June 10, 2019 vs. Argentina. At the U-20 level, Takarada was selected as the Silver Ball and Bronze Boot winner of the 2018 World Cup. Her five goals in six appearances, including a goal in the final vs. Spain, helped lead Japan to the title that year.