Mumbai: I-League football club Mumbai FC on Tuesday signed Japanese player Taisuke Matsugae for the 2014-15 season.
Having played for Shillong Lajong last season and for teams in the second division of J-League in Japan, the 31 year old brings with him a lot of experience to the Mumbai squad. Taisuke is the first foreigner signed by Mumbai and also fills the club's Asian quota.
Head Coach Khalid Jamil said, "Taisuke will bring a lot of creativity to the Mumbai FC attack. He has the ability to unlock any defense and he also has a very good eye for goal. Taisuke will fit into my game plans very well. A player who can play both as a midfielder and as a false 9 (forward) is always a valuable asset."
In 2007, Taisuke joined Blaublitz Akita who played in the Japan Football League. He stayed at the club from 2007 to 2013 in which he played in 96 league matches and scored 19 goals in his time at the club. At Shillong Lajong he played 31 matches scoring four goals for them in the process.
On signing for Mumbai, Taisuke said: "I enjoyed my time playing in the I-League last season and wanted to continue playing in this league. I will give my best at this club. I hope to join my teammates for our pre-season soon."