Head coach Kevin Grimes announced this past Tuesday that Shoei Honda, a 19-year-old midfielder from Sakado, Japan, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Cal in the fall.
Honda, who played for Teikyo Nagaoka High School, started in all four of his team’s 2020 All-Japan High School Soccer Tournament matches and led it to a third-place finish in the hugely popular amateur tournament.
According to Grimes, Honda, who trained with Dutch top-flight clubs Feyenoord Rotterdam and FC Groningen last summer, chose to join the Bears instead of pursuing opportunities to play professionally in Japan. The midfielder joins defenders Kevin Carmichael and Santiago Hopkins in Cal’s 2021 recruiting class.
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