Per team release
TACOMA, Wash. (May 22, 2020) – OL Reign has signed Japanese international forward Yuka Momiki, the club announced today. Per league and club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Momiki joins from Nippon TV Beleza in the Japanese Nadeshiko League. The club is the most successful club in Nadeshiko league history, with 17 titles (including six since 2010) and 14 Empress’ Cups.
The 24-year-old was born in New York City, but came up through NTV Beleza’s youth system. She made her senior club debut in 2011 and has helped the club win five Nadeshiko League titles in that time, along with four Empress’s Cups, three Nadeshiko League Cups and the 2019 AFC Women’s Club Championship. She was named to the Nadeshiko League Best XI in 2016 and 2017.
Momiki retains U.S. citizenship, and as such, will not require the club to use an international slot.
“Yuka is a young, dynamic player with tremendous potential that we believe will play an important role in our club this season and far into the future,” said OL Reign CEO Bill Predmore. “We thank NTV Beleza for their willingness to allow Yuka to join our club at this time and look forward to seeing Yuka in Tacoma this weekend.”
In 2019, Momiki made 17 league appearances, scoring four goals and seven assists in 1,459 minutes on the pitch.
Momiki has also played internationally for Japan and made her World Cup debut in 2019. Momiki has also represented her nation at the 2019 and 2020 SheBelieves Cup, notching an equalizing goal in a 2-2 draw with the U.S. in second-half stoppage time on February 27, 2019.
ABOUT OL REIGN
OL Reign (originally Seattle Reign FC) was established in 2012 as a founding member of the National Women’s Soccer League. The nine-team NWSL is widely considered to be the most competitive women’s professional soccer league in the world. Over its first seven seasons the club twice captured the NWSL Shield while making four appearances in the NWSL postseason. In 2019 the club was acquired by Olympique Lyonnais, one of Europe’s most iconic football clubs. OL Reign plays its home matches at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington and can be found on the web at olreign.com and on social @olreign.