SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Glens announced today that Kei Kitamura has signed with the club for the 2023 USL W League season, pending league approval.
A gifted midfielder with excellent vision and passing ability, the Cal midfielder is coming off her first season with the Golden Bears.
“I’m so excited to be joining the SF Glens this summer,” said Kitamura, “and I can’t wait to play in the inaugural W League season. Up the Glens!”
Originally from San Jose, California, the Archbishop Mitty graduate had a stellar club career with the San Jose Earthquakes Academy and De Anza Force. After one season where she scored seven goals and notched 20 assists, she joined Cal as part of the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation in 2021.
“Kei is a quality midfielder who is consistently looking to make her teammates better,” said Glens head coach Mike Sharabi. “We will be looking for her to bring that playmaking ability to the Glens this season.”
“Kei is a super intelligent player that understands the game very well,” added Glens assistant coach Heath Piper, who coached her at club level. “She is creative and dangerous in the final third. She has the technical ability to find her teammates in tight spaces and can make the difficult passes.”
The San Francisco Glens are entering their first USL W League season in the NorCal Division. Open tryouts will take place March 11 at Skyline College. Register now at sfglens.com/tryouts.
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO GLENS SC
With over 90 total teams and 1,100 youth and adult players, the San Francisco Glens are the largest and most diverse soccer club in The City. Founded in 1961, the Glens have established minor-league men’s team in USL League Two, a women’s team in the USL W League, and a comprehensive youth academy that includes a full pathway in MLS NEXT, the top youth league in America, right down to local micro soccer programs serving kids as young as Pre-K. Last year, the club announced the construction of a soccer-specific facility at Treasure Island with a targeted completion date by end of 2023.
As a community-focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Glens are proud to have never turned away a single player or family due to financial hardship thanks to internal fundraising efforts and a scholarship program that distributed over $200,000 last year alone. Visit us at sfglens.com and sfglensacademy.com.
ABOUT THE USL W LEAGUE
The USL W League is the nation’s premier pre-professional league developing the next generation of women’s soccer talent both on and off the field, enhancing the pipeline between college and professional soccer. Since the conclusion of the inaugural 2022 season, 25 W League alums have gone to sign a professional contract. In addition, seven players were drafted in the 2023 NWSL draft, and nine players have been invited to professional preseason training camps home and aboard. The USL W League strives to use women’s soccer as a force for societal good by creating a national platform to increase opportunity, gender equity, and career development. Visit uslwleague.com to learn more.