Chelsea Stewart of the Boston Breakers signs for Japanese club INAC Kobe Leonessa

Chelsea Stewart signs for Japanese club INAC Kobe Leonessa

Canadian international Chelsea Stewart has signed for Japanese club INAC Kobe Leonessa of the Nadeshiko League.

Chelsea joins the top club in Japan from USA National Women’s Soccer League club, Boston Breakers. INAC Kobe have reported that Chelsea Stewart will take on the role of defender in their squad.

Stewart is an experienced international, her achievements include winning bronze with the Canada Women’s Soccer Team at the London 2012 Olympics.

Japan are attracting a lot of top international players, many of whom are attracted by the Japanese style of play and to gain a variety of experience.

INAC Kobe Leonessa are highly regarded as one of the most successful clubs in Japan. In their last league meeting they beat Albirex Niigata 3-2 and currently fourth in their league behind NTV:

#1 Urawa: Pts=11, W=2, D=1, L=0, GF=7, GA=3, GD=+4
#2 Yunogo: Pts=10, W=1, D=1, L=1, GF=4, GA=4, GD=0
#3 NTV: Pts=9, W=1, D=1, L=1, GF=3, GA=4, GD=–1
#4 Kobe: Pts=6, W=1, D=1, L=1, GF=8, GA=8, GD=0
#5 Niigata: Pts=5, W=0, D=2, L=1, GF=4, GA=5, GD=–1
#6 Chiba: Pts=4, W=1, D=0, L=2, GF=6, GA=8, GD=–2
League table courtesy of Ken Suzuki

View the latest results from Japan.

This is the second international signing to Japan in two days. Yesterday we reported that USA international defender Rachel Van Hollebeke (Buehler) had made the move to Iga Kunoichi.

The contract period is for October 1, 2014 –  January 15, 2015, reported by INAC Kobe official website.

 

Thanks to Mia Montayre

2 Comments
  1. Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

    According to the INAC website, they hired Stewart as a defender.

    Sorry for being too picky….but INAC’s current position is fourth, not second. Remember the teams started the second stage with different initial points set by their positions at end of the first stage. For example, Urawa Reds ended the first stage as the third therefore had initial points of 4. They then won twice and tied once which means 7 points added, bringing it to 11 points.

    #1 Urawa: Pts=11, W=2, D=1, L=0, GF=7, GA=3, GD=+4
    #2 Yunogo: Pts=10, W=1, D=1, L=1, GF=4, GA=4, GD=0
    #3 NTV: Pts=9, W=1, D=1, L=1, GF=3, GA=4, GD=–1
    #4 Kobe: Pts=6, W=1, D=1, L=1, GF=8, GA=8, GD=0
    #5 Niigata: Pts=5, W=0, D=2, L=1, GF=4, GA=5, GD=–1
    #6 Chiba: Pts=4, W=1, D=0, L=2, GF=6, GA=8, GD=–2

    Good luck, Chelsea. But it looks INAC is just as desperate as Kunoichi. I bet they are really upset as they conceded 4 goals to JEF Chiba just prior to the Asian Games.

    • Author
      WSU 5 years ago

      Thanks Ken, it is not being too picky at all I appreciate the accurate information, I will update the article above.

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