45. Nahomi Kawasumi
Japanese international Nahomi Kawasumi may have left it late before making the move to the NWSL, but she’s had quite the impact for Seattle Reign.
Kawasumi was approaching her 30th birthday when she finally INAC Kobe in 2014 for pastures new with Laura Harvey’s Reign side.
Whilst ‘Naho’ has already played a prominent role in the USA, 2017 was potentially her best season, topping the assists league with nine across the course of the season.
Kawasumi also scored six of her own and was voted into the NWSL Team of the Month for May after making a blistering start to the season.
Laura Harvey, former Seattle Reign manager says:
“Naho had an excellent season for us, she came back halfway through last season and hit the ground running ever since. She’s the assist queen, I think she challenges herself more on that than scoring goals. Her crossing ability is one of the best in the world, she can create for other people around the box but when given the chance she’s an excellent scorer too. To be so successful in the USA without the physical side of the game is a huge testament to her, she’s always so consistent.”
Lydia Williams, Seattle Reign team mate says:
“I’ve always admired her as an opponent and only getting to know her as a team mate recently. She’s very technical and clean in her passing and movements, it’s awesome to watch her play.”