The FC Tampa Bay Rowdies have announced the signing of Japanese international midfielder Takuya Yamada, a veteran of the Japanese J-League.
Yamada, who has made four appearances for his country, said in a press release that he was very happy to have become a member of the club.
“I am happy that I am playing in the United States and with FC Tampa Bay who truly loves the sport and respects its athletes,” Yamada said.
Yamada began his career in 1997 with Tokyo Verdy, for which he made 296 appearances and scored 28 goals. Yamada also served as the team’s captain for three seasons. The 35-year-old has also played domestically for Cerezo Osaka, Yokahama FC and Sagan Tosu, and was impressive during the Rowdies final combine in Tampa held last month.
“We are ecstatic to secure Takuya Yamada for our inaugural team,” Rowdies Owner and President Andrew Nestor said. “Takuya is an icon in the game and he will bring depth, leadership and passion to our team.”
With the signing of Chinese player Long Tan on Sunday, this now give the Rowdies five of their seven allowed international players, and 15 players under contract for their inaugural season scheduled to begin in early April.