Nahomi Kawasumi will play in her third stint with INAC Kobe. (Photo courtesy of Sky Blue FC)

HARRISON, N.J. – Sky Blue FC Saturday announced it had reached agreement to loan midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi to Japanese club INAC Kobe.

The loan will run through Dec. 31.

Kawasumi joined Sky Blue FC in January 2019 and appeared in 19 matches last season. The Japanese international played every minute in all six games of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup. She scored her first goal in a Sky Blue jersey from 40 yards against the eventual champions Houston Dash.

This will be Kawasumi’s third stint with INAC Kobe, as she made her professional debut with the Japanese side in 2006 and captained the squad to its first league title in 2011. Kawasumi also was named league MVP twice with INAC Kobe. Her second spell with the team came in 2014 on loan.

Last season, INAC Kobe finished third place in the Nadeshiko League 1 table at 9-4-5. They are in second place and are undefeated in three matches.