CHICAGO – The Chicago Red Stars have removed Yuki Nagasato from the disabled list and have added her to the club’s active roster. In addition, the Red Stars had to meet NWSL requirements and have waived midfielder Mary Luba.
Nagasato, 30, signed with the Red Stars on May 24, but was not cleared by medical staff due to a minor knee injury and returned to Japan to work on rehabilitation. Over the course of the past month, Nagasato has returned to Chicago and has been training with the Red Stars.
“We are looking forward to finally having Yuki available for us,” Red Stars Head Coach Rory Dames said. “She has looked great in practice and provides a veteran presence in this last half of the season as we aim for a playoff spot.”
After a strong season with the Red Stars Reserves in 2015, Luba earned a contract for Chicago’s playoff push that year. The Marquette graduate made a total of four appearances for Chicago, totaling 50 minutes.
“Having to let go of Luba was a difficult decision. We can’t thank her enough for all she has done for this club and community over the last two seasons,” Dames added. “We wish her nothing but success on and off the field.”
Chicago returns to Toyota Park this Saturday at 7 p.m. CT to take on the Portland Thorns. Tickets are available here.