Japanese international Manaka Matsukubo didn’t take long to settle into the North Carolina Courage’s lineup, nor the National Women’s Soccer League. Following her debut, Courage head coach Sean Nahas told the media, “She was unbelievable.”
Unbelievable is one way to describe the teenage talent, who was an integral part of Japan’s U-20 World Cup team that made a run to the tournament final last year. At only 19 years old, Manaka’s professional career is just getting started — and she already looks up for the challenge.
Manaka debuted professionally on March 5, in the Japanese WE League, and went on to play 12 matches. She scored four goals and added an assist in just over 1,000 minutes. Those performances, combined with her play at the youth international level, were clearly enough to put together a resume impressive enough to catch the eyes of North Carolina’s staff.
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