Kosuke Kimura | Academy U-13 Team Coach

Kosuke Kimura serves as the U-13 team coach for the Nashville SC Academy. He continues his time with Nashville SC after his playing and later coaching career with the club’s USL team prior to 2020. Kimura was the first Japanese-born MLS player in the league’s history and possesses a wealth of knowledge of the game from playing nationally and abroad throughout his 20-year career. 

Kimura came to the US from Japan to attend Western Illinois University, where he played D1 soccer and was a part of the squad that earned the second-best four-year run in school history, winning the conference tournament three out of the four years he was there. 

After college, Kimura was drafted to the Colorado Rapids where he spent the next five years. Throughout his 125 games with the club, Kimura won an MLS Cup Championship, Eastern Conference Championship and was awarded the Rapids Humanitarian of the Year in 2010. 

Kimura split the 2012 MLS season with Colorado and Portland after being traded to the Timbers in the middle of the campaign. He recorded 17 games with Portland before being traded to the New York Red Bulls in 2013, where he won an MLS Supporters’ Shield. 

After his season with the Red Bulls Kimura moved abroad and signed with RTS Widzew Łódź in Poland, where he played until signing with Atlanta Silverbacks in the same year. Kimura spent the 2015-2016 in the North American Soccer League, competing for the Silverbacks and later Rayo OKC before moving onto coaching in the USL. Kimura played and acted as assistant coach and equipment manager with the Tulsa Roughnecks in 2017. 

His time with the Roughnecks eventually led him to Nashville, where he signed with Nashville SC’s former USL Championship side in 2018. Kimura played and coached at Nashville SC until the club entered Major League Soccer in 2020.

Kimura is actively pursuing a USSF “B” License.

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