Kentaro Takada

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Kentaro Takada
Personal information
Full name Kentaro Takada
Date of birth (1983-04-13) April 13, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Hokuto, Japan
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Minnesota United FC
Number 13
Youth career
2002–2005 Hokkaido University of Education
2006 Thespa Kusatsu
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Thespa Kusatsu
2009 Rochester Thunder 16 (1)
2010– Minnesota United FC[1] 79 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 28, 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kentaro Takada (高田 健太郎 Takada Kentaro?) (born April 13, 1983) is a Japanese footballer currently playing for Minnesota United FC in the North American Soccer League.

Career[edit]

Japan[edit]

Takada attended Hokkaido Sapporo Daiichi High School and Hokkaido University of Education. He was Hokkaido University's Rookie of the Year in 2002, participated in the national college tournament in 2003 and 2004, and received the Hokkaido College League MVP award after 2005 season.

He turned professional in 2006 with Thespa Kusatsu of the J. League, initially with the U-23 team in 2006, before being promoted to the senior team in 2007.

United States[edit]

Takada moved to the United States in 2009, and played one season as an over-age player with the expansion Rochester Thunder in the USL Premier Development League.

He was signed by the NSC Minnesota Stars of the USSF Division 2 Professional League in 2010 after impressing during pre-season trials[2] and, after a brief delay during which he had to return to Japan to sort out visa problems,[3] made his debut for the team on May 29, 2010 in a game against AC St. Louis.[4] He scored his first professional goal on September 24, 2010 in Minnesota's last regular season game of the 2010 season, a 3-1 win over FC Tampa Bay.[5]

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