Washington, D.C., (01/06/22) – The Washington Spirit have completed a transfer to send defender Saori Takarada to Linköping FC of the Swedish Damallsvenskan.
Takarada joined the Spirit on December 1, 2020 on a two-year deal from Nadeshiko League Club Cerezo Osaka Sakai Ladies. The Tateyama, Japan native appeared in 10 games for the Spirit, started six of those matches and played a total of 398 minutes.
At the Tokyo Olympics, Takarada represented Nadeshiko Japan, starting and playing all 90 minutes against Chile in the final group stage match. In 2021, Takarada started five matches for the national team, going the full length in four of those matches. In a June match against Ukraine, Takarada scored her first international goal at the senior level.