Kosuke Kimura

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Kosuke Kimura
Kosuke Kimura.jpg
Kimura playing with the Colorado Rapids (MLS) 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-05-14) May 14, 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Kobe, Japan
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Widzew Łódź
Number 27
Youth career
1998–2002 Kawasaki Frontale
2003–2006 Western Illinois Leathernecks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Thunder Bay Chill 13 (0)
2007–2012 Colorado Rapids 117 (4)
2012 Portland Timbers 17 (1)
2013–2014 New York Red Bulls 37 (0)
2015– Widzew Łódź 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kosuke Kimura (木村光佑 Kimura Kōsuke?) (born May 14, 1984) is a Japanese footballer who currently plays for Widzew Łódź. He was the first player in the league's history who was born in Japan.[1]


Kimura with Colorado Rapids in 2012

College and amateur[edit]

Kimura's career in organized soccer began with the youth team of Kawasaki Frontale. By the age of 15, he played for the Kawasaki Frontale reserve team. A foot injury at age of 17 hampered his opportunity to sign a professional contract with the club.[2] Despite this, he would eventually earn an athletic scholarship to play college soccer at Western Illinois University after moving to the United States, where he took an intensive English-language course and the SAT, on which he achieved a near-perfect score on its mathematics section.[1] A four-year letterman with the Leathernecks from 2003 to 2006,[3] he also played with the Thunder Bay Chill of the USL Premier Development League.[4]


Kimura was drafted by Colorado Rapids in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft,[5] and in doing so became first Japanese-born player in the history of Major League Soccer.[6] He was a bit-part player for much of his first two seasons, playing four games in his rookie season, and featuring in 18 games in 2008, 17 as a starter. He scored his first career goal on May 2, 2009, in a game against Real Salt Lake.[7] On November 13, 2010, he scored the game-winning goal against San Jose that sent the Colorado Rapids to MLS Cup 2010. On November 21, 2010, Kimura played for a full 90 minutes (plus 30 minutes of extra time) to help the Colorado Rapids capture the MLS Cup against FC Dallas with a 2-1 victory in Toronto, Ontario. While with Colorado Kimura appeared in 117 league matches and scored 4 goals.

Kimura was traded to Portland Timbers in exchange for allocation money and an international roster slot on July 5, 2012.[8] Five months later, Kimura was traded to New York Red Bulls along with a second-round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for Home Grown Player rights to Bryan Gallego and allocation money.[9] On March 3, 2013 Kimura made his official debut for New York starting for his new club in a 3-3 draw against his former club Portland Timbers.[10]

On 2 December 2014, New York announced that it would not exercise its 2015 contract option on Kimura.[11]


Kimura holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[12]


Colorado Rapids[edit]

New York Red Bulls[edit]


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