Kobayashi enjoyed an electric senior season at Harvard in 2014. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Former men's soccer standout Hiroki Kobayashi has signed a deal with the Premier Development League's Kitsap Pumas, the team announced this month. Kobayashi inked a professional one-year deal following a spectacular career at Harvard.
"I am excited to start my first season as a pro soccer player, and I have been doing my best to be ready for it both physically and mentally by training hard every day," Kobayashi said. "My dream is one day to play in MLS and then J-League in Japan."
Kobayashi, a product of Scarsdale, New York, finished his career with seven goals and four assists for 18 points as a forward. This past season, his final in Cambridge, Kobayashi was a key cog in the Crimson's attack, earning nine points on three goals – two of which were game winners – and three assists.
"Hiroki has worked very hard and is committed to being a pro soccer player," said The Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer, Pieter Lehrer. "We are very excited for him and we look forward to watching his progress with the Kitsap Pumas."
With the help of Kobayashi and his fellow seniors, Harvard finished one of its best seasons in recent memory, as the Crimson went 11-4-2 overall and 4-1-2 in Ivy League play. Harvard enjoyed one of the nation's more dominant offenses, scoring 31 goals. The highlight of the year came during the 8-0 run in the middle of the season, including wins over Boston College, Northeastern, Yale and Cornell.