City signs Japanese attacking midfielder Tsubasa Endoh

Melbourne City FC is pleased to announce the signing of Japanese attacking midfielder Tsubasa Endoh, who joins the Club on a six-month contract. 

The 28-year-old who becomes City’s second signing of the January transfer window, can play as an attacking midfielder or in wide positions and will add further depth and versatility to Patrick Kisnorbo’s squad. 

Endoh has spent his entire professional career in North America after moving from the JFA Academy in Fukushima to join the University of Maryland in 2012. During his three years with the Terrapins, the Japanese attacking midfielder played 85 games and scored 12 goals. 

His college career would culminate at the 2016 MLS SuperDraft where he was selected 9th overall by Toronto FC and was also named MVP of the MLS Combine. 

Endoh would go on to make 80 appearances and score 10 goals for the club across all competitions. He was part of Toronto FC’s treble-winning squad in 2017 and started in the 2019 MLS Cup Final against Seattle Sounders FC. 

Melbourne City FC Director of Football Michael Petrillo said: 

“Endoh is a player with a lot of experience with one of the top teams in the MLS and a proven winner as a starting player in their most recent Grand Final win. 

“He is very good technically, has an attacking mindset and can play in a few different positions which gives us options as we head into a hectic part of the season, with the added bonus of being an Asian player for the Champions League campaign in April.” 

Tsubasa Endoh said: 

“I’ve always wanted to come to Australia and have heard some great things about Melbourne, so I’m very excited to be joining the current Champions of the A-League. 

“I’m looking forward to the attacking style of play at Melbourne City and I’m excited to meet the fans.