Daiki Yoshikawa has chased his dream all around the world.
He moved from Japan to the USA as a toddler and started taking part in soccer in junior highschool. Yoshikawa returned to Japan as a sophomore, however continued taking part in the sport he had fallen in love with.
“I consider that I may be the primary Japanese participant within the NFL,” Yoshikawa stated. “I’m working laborious to organize for that profession.”
Within the U.S. after transferring as a result of his father’s job, Yoshikawa watched Tremendous Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. He sat glued to the display with the remainder of the world as Tom Brady led the Patriots to the largest comeback win in Tremendous Bowl historical past.
“That satisfied me that soccer was proper for me,” Yoshikawa stated.
Within the fall of 2020, Yoshikawa and his household moved again to Japan. He joined the squad at Kosei Excessive Faculty in Tokyo, which in line with Yoshikawa is “the strongest workforce of Japanese excessive colleges.”
Yoshikawa has taken on a management function with the sport in Japan. He’s shared the basics of the sport with one in every of his cousins. His soccer IQ gained from taking part in in America has additionally helped him obtain the function of vice captain for Kosei.
“I feel it’s vital to extend the variety of soccer gamers and groups in Japan,” Yoshikawa stated. “I consider that success within the U.S. can help these.”
At Kosei, Yoshikawa has added linebacker and defensive again to his operating again duties. He’s additionally an achieved return man – his favourite soccer reminiscence is an 85-yard return for a landing within the 2021 Christmas Bowl, Japan’s nationwide highschool championship. Yoshikawa earned All-Japan honors for his play through the 2021 season.
Yoshikawa hopes to attain his objective each for his personal goals and for these of future Japanese gamers.
“To go to a overseas nation is tough with the language facet and tradition facet,” Yoshikawa stated. “However I need to play soccer at as excessive of a stage as I can and overcome many obstacles which may assist future Japanese college students to strive for going to American school.”