Colorado's Kosuke Kimura

Kimura takes unconventional path from Japan to MLS

July 23, 2009
RodriguezBy Justin Rodriguez, Special to ESPNsoccernet
Sure, kid, see you in January.

Yeah, right.

That's what Western Illinois men's soccer coach Eric Johnson thought after reading an e-mail from a Japanese prospect in November 2002. The pair had been in contact on and off for several months. Still, Johnson had seen many eager international players from across the globe suddenly disappear. As for this one? Well, January finally came around, and Kosuke Kimura walked into Johnson's office unannounced.

Kimura bowed and ...

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