The Revolution acquired midfielder Daigo Kobayashi from Vancouver Whitecaps FC for a fourth-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. Kobayashi also signed a new MLS contract with the Revolution and will be formally added to the team’s roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and U.S. P-1 Visa.
Kobayashi, 31, appeared in 30 games for Vancouver in 2013, his only previous MLS season. He scored two goals and added four assists for the Whitecaps, while playing a central midfield role.
Before coming to MLS in 2013, Kobayashi spent 12 seasons between Japan’s J-League (Tokyo Verde 2005, Omiya Ardija 2006-08, Shimizu S-Pulse 2011-12), Norway’s Tippeligaen (Stabaek IF 2009) and Greece’s Super League (Iraklis Thessaloniki 2009-11). He’s made more than 160 professional appearances, and has scored 21 goals while adding 14 assists. His European experience also includes matches in both UEFA Champions League and Europa League qualifying.
The Revs open the MLS season on March 8 in Houston against the Dynamo.