Tsuyoshi Yoshitake

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Tsuyoshi Yoshitake
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Personal information
Full name Tsuyoshi Yoshitake
Date of birth (1981-09-08) September 8, 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Mie, Japan
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Yokohama FC Hong Kong
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2006 Yokohama 148 (13)
2007–2008 Tokyo Verdy 5 (1)
2009 Charleston Battery 26 (6)
2010 Crystal Palace Baltimore 24 (3)
2010 Austin Aztex (loan) 7 (0)
2011–2012 Tampa Bay Rowdies[1] 42 (7)
2012–2014 Yokohama FC Hong Kong 24 (11)
2014– Yuen Long FC - (-)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 11, 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).

Tsuyoshi Yoshitake (吉武 剛 Yoshitake Tsuyoshi?) (born September 8, 1981 in Mie Prefecture) is a Japanese footballer currently playing for Yokohama FC Hong Kong in the Hong Kong First Division.

Career[edit]

Japan[edit]

Yoshitake attended Mie Prefectural Tsu Technical High School, where he was selected to the prefecture's select team to take part in a tournament in Brazil. He began his professional career in the Winter of 2000 when he joined Yokohama FC, for whom he scored nine goals in his 133 appearances over the course of six years and became the fans' favorite player[citation needed] before being transferred to Tokyo Verdy. During his one year in the Japanese Capital city injury limited him to playing only five times, scoring one goal.

United States[edit]

On March 24, 2009 Yoshitake left Tokyo Verdy and completed a move to the Charleston Battery of the USL First Division in the United States.[2] Given the #10, and on April 24, 2009, during his home debut, he scored his first goal for the Battery from the penalty spot to tie up their game with Minnesota Thunder. The game finished 1-1. For his rookie year, he was in charge of all set pieces for the team, scoring 6 goals, and 5 assists. He also earned the Weekly Honors 5 times during this season, and was given the team's "New Comer of the Year" award.
Yoshitake announced his move to Crystal Palace Baltimore in February, 2010,[3] and again was given the #10 as the team's ace attacker. In a 2012 match against the MN Stars on July 16, Yoshitake scored a critical goal in the late first half, catching the Stars defense sleeping. The goal happened to be a game changer, as the Rowdies won 2-1.

In September 2010 Austin Aztex, who was preparing for the Playoffs, acquired Yoshitake from Baltimore on loan for the remainder of the season. His new jersey number was 9.[4]

Yoshitake signed a two-year contract with FC Tampa Bay of the North American Soccer League on February 16, 2011.[5] Yoshitake played in 40 matches during his Tampa Bay career. He scored seven goals and totaled five assists during his two seasons there, and also earned NASL Player of the Month for June, 2012.

Hong Kong[edit]

However,announced his move to Yokohama FC Hong Kong during the season on August 4, 2012, and serves as the team captain.[6] Yoshitake had a superb debut season recording 9 goals. He finished fifth place in the league and was voted to the Hong Kong All Star XI for the 2013 Lunar New Year Cup squad,[7] and also the league's Best XI. On June 4th, 2014, Yoshitake announced his signing with Yuen Long FC in the same league.[8]

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
2000 Yokohama Football League 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
2001 J. League 16 1 4 2 0 0 20 3
2002 41 2 3 1 - 44 3
2003 14 2 2 1 - 16 3
2004 9 0 0 0 - 9 0
2005 27 2 2 0 - 29 2
2006 26 2 1 0 - 27 2
2007 Tokyo Verdy 5 1 0 0 - 5 1
2008 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
United States League Open Cup League Cup Total
2009 Charleston Battery USL First Division 26 6 3 2 - 29 8
2010 Crystal Palace Baltimore D2 Pro League 24 3 1 0 - 24 3
Austin Aztex FC 7 (1) 0 - - 7 0
2011 FC Tampa Bay NASL 26 (2) 1 - - 26 1
2012 Tampa Bay Rowdies 15 6 0 0 - 15 6
Hong Kong League FA Cup League Cup Total
2012-13 Yokohama FC Hong Kong Hong Kong First Division 12 9 - - 12
2013-14 12 2 - - 12
2014-15 Yuen Long FC -
Country Japan 138 10 12 4 1 0 151 14
United States 98 16 4 2 - 102 18
Hong Kong 24 11 - - 24 11
Total 251 37 16 6 1 0 268 43

(1) 5 League Appierences and 2 Play-Off Appierences

(2) 25 League Appierences and 1 Play-Off Appierences

Playing style[edit]

Small in size but speedy on and off the ball, Yoshitake is able to run at defenders and take them on with high technique dribbling. Capable on both feet, he is a good creative output in the attacking third and frequently serves up dangerous crosses and can entertain the idea of an occasional long shot. Head Coach Mike Anhaeuser described him "He's so creative and he's almost impossible to stop one-on-one. He's given us another weapon up top, someone that can really serve the ball into the box and score goals" in an interview [9]

Honors and awards[edit]

Personal[edit]

Team[edit]

  • 2007: Promotion to J1 (J2 Runner Up)- Tokyo Verdy 1969
  • 2006: Promotion to J1 (Champion of J2) - Yokohama FC
  • 2001: Promotion to J2 (Champion of JFL) - Yokohama FC

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