Shintaro Harada

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Shintaro Harada
Shintaro Harada CPFC USA.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-11-08) November 8, 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth Sayama, Saitama, Japan
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dayton Dutch Lions
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Yokohama F. Marinos 19 (1)
2002 Omiya Ardija 2 (0)
2003–2005 Tokushima Vortis 55 (3)
2005–2006 ALO's Hokuriku 41 (0)
2007–2009 Crystal Palace Baltimore 65 (1)
2010–2012 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 58 (2)
2013- Dayton Dutch Lions 49 (2)
2013-2014 Yokohama FC Hong Kong (loan) 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 12, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Shintaro Harada (原田慎太郎?, born November 8, 1980 in Sayama, Saitama) is a Japanese footballer. He currently plays for Dayton Dutch Lions in the USL Professional Division.

Career[edit]

Japan[edit]

‘Shin’ as he is known, started his professional career as a 19-year-old for Yokohama F. Marinos when their then manager Ossie Ardiles handed him his debut. Shin continued in the team that season, playing against international legends such as Bebeto and helped guide his team to their first League Championship (Stage 1). Shin played alongside Japanese national hero Shunsuke Nakamura, who also started his career at Yokohoma. In 2002 acquired by Omiya Ardija and then Tokushima Vortis.[1]

He played part of the 2005 season and all of the 2006 season for ALO's Hokuriku of the Japan Football League in Japan. After successful spells in J-League Shin decided to move abroad in 2007 and entered the open trials for the newly formed Crystal Palace Baltimore in the USL Second Division, arriving with a little bit of English and his boots.

United States[edit]

In his first season in Baltimore, Harada was named to the USL Second Division All-League Second-Team, and followed that up by being named in the USL Second Division All-League First-Team in 2008, 2009, and 2010.[2]

Harada has become USL-2 All-League regular by making his fourth consecutive appearance on an All-League team. He was also the Most Valuable Defender finalist in 2009, and earned that award in 2010.[3] He is nominated as 2010 USL Second Division Most Valuable Player.[4]

During the 2008 off-season, several Major League Soccer clubs showed interest in him, and invited to take part in their trials such by Chicago Fire, Real Salt Lake, and San Jose Earthquakes, but due to injury had to return to Palace for the 2009 season.

Following his impressive performances in the 2009 season, Harada went on trial at Baltimore's English parent club, Crystal Palace.[5]

After an unheard 3 months of training with Crystal Palace F.C., he was selected as the "Palace's Other Player Of The Year" on Crystal Palace F.C.'s official club magazine,[6] and featured also on Major League Soccer's expansion team Philadelphia Union's official website as a strong candidate for the club's tryout.[7]

On March 22, 2010, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced the signing of Harada to a contract for the 2010 season.[8]

While in the second division, Harada won the league's USL Second Division All-League First Team for 4 consecutive years. He re-signed with Pittsburgh, in the USL Pro league, on February 21, 2011.[9]

After the conclusion of the 2012 season, Harada was invited to tryout with CE Sabadell FC that plays in Spanish Segunda División.[10] Before the USL Pro season started, Harada signed with Dayton Dutch Lions,[11] where he led the club into the playoffs for the first time in club history.

Hong Kong[edit]

Upon conclusion of USL Pro 2013 season, Harada announced to sign with Yokohama FC Hong Kong on a loan deal until January 31, 2014.[12]

Club career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
1999 Yokohama F. Marinos J. League 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2000 16 1 0 0 2 0 18 1
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 Omiya Ardija J. League 2 2 0 0 0 - 2 0
2003 Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Football League 27 1 3 0 - 30 1
2004 22 2 1 0 - 23 2
2005 Tokushima Vortis J. League 2 2 0 0 0 - 2 0
2005 ALO's Hokuriku Football League 11 0 3 0 - 14 0
2006 27 0 - - 27 0
United States League Open Cup League Cup Total
2007 Crystal Palace Baltimore USL Second Division 20 0 1 0 - 21 0
2008 19 1 4 0 - 23 1
2009 20 0 1 0 - 21 0
2010 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 17 0 1 0 - 18 0
2011 USL Pro 18 2 1 0 - 19 2
2012 21 0 - 21 0
2013 Dayton Dutch Lions 24 1 1 0 - 25 1
Hong Kong League FA Cup League Cup Total
2013 Yokohama FC Hong Kong (on loan) Hong Kong First Division 5 0 - 5 0
United States League Open Cup League Cup Total
2014 Dayton Dutch Lions USL Pro -
Country Japan 107 4 7 0 3 0 117 4
United States 139 4 9 0 - 148 4
Hong Kong 5 0 0 - 5 0
Total 251 8 16 0 3 0 270 8

Playing style[edit]

Proved as a quality utility player who plays both holding midfielder, and center defender by being selected to All-League First-Team for both positions. Known for his accurate distribution, and play making in the middle as the control tower. Admires the Mexican National Team's Rafael Márquez, and FC Barcelona's Josep Guardiola.

Has been reported about his "the dedicated — almost spartan — approach" with his profession[13]

Honors and awards[edit]

Personal[edit]

  • 2010 - USL Second Division Most Valuable Player Finalist
  • 2010 - USL Second Division Most Valuable Defender
  • 2010 - USL Second Division All-League First Team
  • 2009 - Crystal Palace F.C.: "Palace's Other Player Of The Year"
  • 2009 - USL Second Division All-League First-Team
  • 2009 - USL Second Division Most Valuable Defender Finalist
  • 2008 - USL Second Division All-League First-Team
  • 2007 - USL Second Division All-League Second-Team

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