Nashville SC is building its inaugural team from the back, anchoring its roster with eight defenders among the 17 players signed thus far.
But a year later came the goal that made him famous in league circles. Watch and enjoy:
You have to watch the replay to get the full effect, because Kimura’s midfield bomb happened so quickly it fooled the production truck.
It appears Kimura’s intention was to pick out a surging forward on a speculative through ball, but Revolution keeper Matt Reis misread the ball and conceded the go-ahead goal. New England would equalize to end the match in a draw, and Reis continued his productive 16-year career for two more seasons. Still, Kimura had a goal he would remember forever.
Now, the 33-year-old Japan national spends his second season in the USL after a 24-game 2016 campaign with Tulsa. He is projected to be a key member of the team’s back line from the fullback spot.