|Date of birth||November 8, 1980|
|Place of birth||Sayama, Saitama, Japan|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Playing position||Defender, Midfielder|
|Colorado Springs Switchbacks|
|1999–2001||Yokohama F. Marinos||19||(1)|
|2007–2009||Crystal Palace Baltimore||65||(1)|
|2013–2014||Dayton Dutch Lions||49||(1)|
|2013–2014||→ Yokohama FC Hong Kong (loan)||5||(0)|
|2015–||Colorado Springs Switchbacks||26||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:45, 15 September 2015 (UTC).
‘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.
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.
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.
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. He is nominated as 2010 USL Second Division Most Valuable Player.
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.
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, and featured also on Major League Soccer's expansion team Philadelphia Union's official website as a strong candidate for the club's tryout.
After the conclusion of the 2012 season, Harada was invited to tryout with CE Sabadell FC that plays in Spanish Segunda División. Before the USL Pro season started, Harada signed with Dayton Dutch Lions, where he led the club into the playoffs for the first time in club history.
On 12 February 2015, The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced the signing of Harada for the 2015 season. This will be Harada's 3rd team in USL PRO. Head Coach Steve Trittschuh praised that "Harada has been has been a great leader for us and role model for the younger players". On June 23, 2015, Harada made his 100th appearance in United Soccer League as the first Japanese in league history.
Club career statistics
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J. League Cup||Total|
|1999||Yokohama F. Marinos||J. League 1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2002||Omiya Ardija||J. League 2||2||0||0||0||-||2||0|
|2003||Otsuka Pharmaceuticals||Football League||27||1||3||0||-||30||1|
|2005||Tokushima Vortis||J. League 2||2||0||0||0||-||2||0|
|2005||ALO's Hokuriku||Football League||11||0||3||0||-||14||0|
|United States||League||Open Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2007||Crystal Palace Baltimore||USL Second Division||20||0||1||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||25||1||-||25||1|
|2015||Colorado Springs Switchbacks||USL Pro||3||0||-||3||0|
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
Honors and awards
- 2015 - First Japanese to appear in 100 games in United Soccer League
- 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
- "Stats Centre: Shintaro Harada Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-06-03.
- USL-2 All League Teams Announced
- USL-2 Awards Winners Announced
- USL-2 Awards Finalists Announced
- Give & Go: Crystal Palace's Shintaro Harada
- PALACE's OTHER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
- OPEN TRYOUT SPOTLIGHT: MEET SHINTARO HARADA
- "Riverhounds add four to roster". USLsoccer.com. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
- Shintaro Harada és central i ha jugat les darreres temporades als Estats Units
- Dutch Lions Unveil Five Signings
- SFC Announces 2015 Player – Shintaro Harada
- Veteran Japanese midfielder Shintaro Harada is guiding force for surging Colorado Springs Switchbacks
- 100 - appearances for @shintaroharada
- Harada Shintaro Transferred to Yokohama FC (HK) on Loan
- Veteran Japanese player sets example for Dutch Lions
- Pittsburgh Riverhounds player profile
- Crystal Palace Baltimore player profile
- SOCCER TRANSITION - Made In Japan