Takuya Yamada, born in Tokyo, is an iconic Japanese player known as one of the best utility players produced by his country. Takuya most recently played at Sagan Tosu in the Japan Professional Football League during the 2009 season where he had 43 appearances and six goals.
Takuya began his professional soccer career in the J. League with Tokyo Verdy (formerly Verdy Kawasaki) in 1997 making 235 appearances scoring 22 goals over eight years. He served as team captain for three years and helped lead Tokyo Verdy to win the 2005 J. League Xerox Super Cup against Yokohama F. Marinos in penalty kicks and the 2004 J. League Emperor’s Cup against Jubilo Iwata.
Takuya also has four caps with the Japanese National Team between 2003 and 2004, including the 2004 Asian Cup in Beijing, where Japan defeated China 3-1.
Started 3 matches in Spring season... Played 270 minutes.
Started all 28 regular season matches and 2 post-season matches... Played in all 2,520 regular season minutes, the most in the NASL... Played in 2,650 total minutes... Named to 2012 NASL BEST XI squad... finished with three goals and one assist of the season... Scored tying goal in crucial match against Atlanta (9.8)... Assist on game winner at Fort Lauderdale (9.1)... Scored game-winner in home opener for second straight season with goal vs. FC Edmonton (4.14)... Notched game-tying goal in second half stoppage time at Carolina (8.4) to help Rowdies rally from late 3-1 deficit for 3-3 draw.
2011 Season with FC Tampa Bay
Played in the midfield and as a defender… Played in 24 games with 21 starts in 2011… Scored game-winner in 85th minute vs. Montreal (4/9)... Has seen 1,992 minutes of action this season.
2010 Season with FC Tampa Bay
Played in 29 of 30 matches (all but at Montreal)… Started 25 games (all but vs. Miami: 7/25, vs. Portland, vs. St. Louis, at Rochester and at Montreal… His 2,242 minutes played are fourth-most on team... Posted first points of season with an assist on Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe's goal in the 64th minute at St. Louis (5/22)… Received fifth yellow card vs. Austin (9/16) and missed game at Montreal (9/19) due to yellow card accumulation.