HOWELL, N.J. – Sky Blue FC midfielder and Japanese international Nahomi Kawasumi has agreed to a new one-year contract for National Women’s Soccer League season.

As per team and league policies, further details were not discussed.

“I am excited to have Naho play for Sky Blue for the upcoming season,” head coach Freya Coombe said. “Naho is very technical and calm on the ball which suits the style of the team. She is a great teammate and a fan favorite.”

Kawasumi joined Sky Blue in 2018 after being acquired in a trade with Reign FC. Kawasumi finished last season, playing in 19 games (10 starts), recording one assist.

“Naho is an absolute professional of the game and brings so much steady energy to our club,” Sky Blue general manager Alyse LaHue said. “She is another player for us that we felt was integral to have back on our roster for 2020 in terms of what she brings both on and off the field through her veteran lead-by-example presence.”

Since coming to the NWSL in 2014, Kawasumi has 87 regular season appearances, scoring 18 goals and registering 20 assists. In 2014, Kawasumi scored nine goals and tallied five assists in 20 matches. She was a part of the 2014 Reign FC run in the championship against FC Kansas City, playing a full 90 minutes in the 2-1 loss. In 2017, Kawasumi scored six goals and led the league with nine assists.

Kawasumi made her first appearance for the Japanese national team in 2008. In 2011, she helped Japan to its first Women’s World Cup championship. The following year Kawasumi was part of the team that earned the silver medal, losing to the U.S. women’s national team at the 2012 London Olympics. In 2015 Kawasumi was a part of the squad that reached the final of the Women’s World Cup, finishing second to the USWNT.