Former Red Bull Kimura Joins Roughnecks – as a player and coach

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by ANTHONY J. MERCED

Former New York Red Bulls defender Kosuke Kimura has resurfaced, this time with USL side Tulsa Roughnecks.

Kimura will serve as both a player and coach, assisting the young USL side as they look to redeem themselves after a forgetful 2016 campaign.

“I had the pleasure of coaching Kosuke last season,” said Roughnecks head coach David Vaudreuil. “Not only was I impressed with his substantial MLS career, but I was also impressed with his on-field coaching and his attention to detail. He was the first person that I thought of when considering our coaching positions, and he will be an invaluable addition for us, both on and off the field.”

Kimura joined MLS in 2007 with the Colorado Rapids, staying with the club until 2012. Over that time he made 117 appearances for the Rapids, helping them win an MLS Cup in 2010. After a brief stay with the Portland Timbers, Kimura joined the New York Red Bulls where he finished his MLS career making 37 appearances in 2013 and 2014 combined. Kimura was a part of the Supporters Shield winning team in 2013.

Kimura’s inclusion isn’t the only major splash made by the Roughnecks. They’ve also acquired the services of former MLS Cup winner Donovan Ricketts as well. The celebrated Jamaican goalkeeping veteran will also be a player/coach and boost the team’s notoriety by adding a World Cup caliber player.