Toronto FC recognizes its former player Tsubasa Endoh

Former Toronto FC player Tsubasa Endoh announced that he is pursuing a second career in the sports industry. He has been battling leukemia since 2022.
Toronto FC recognizes its former player Tsubasa Endoh.
Toronto FC recognizes its former player Tsubasa Endoh. / Vaughn Ridley/GettyImages

The 30-year-old Japanese footballer had a historic spell at Toronto FC, where his significant contribution in midfield made him an icon at the club, and consequently, The Reds showcased how his mastery has been meaningful for Endoh.

A positive journey at TFC for the Japanese player

Between 2016 and 2021, Tsubasa Endoh played for Toronto FC, featuring in 80 matches and contributing 13 goals and 6 assists across MLS competitions, the Canadian Championship, and the Concacaf Champions League. Additionally, he had a notable stint with Toronto FC II, where he stood out with several goals, such as in 2018 when he scored 8 goals and provided 1 assist in 14 matches.

His time at TFC was pivotal for winning some titles, albeit the only ones in his career. In 2017, he clinched the MLS Cup with TFC, although his contribution wasn't the most significant, he was part of the championship squad. Moreover, the footballer was present in winning 3 Canadian Championships (2016, 2017, 2018).

TFC's official account also acknowledges the importance of making such decisions to start a second career with their allied partner, the "Global Institute of Sport", and how a former club figure has made this choice. "I am still 30 years old but there is no harm in starting early to prepare for your second career. Ultimately GIS is the perfect place for me..." stated Tsubasa.

It is crucial to recognize the importance of this ally and how the academy is gaining power and influence in the sports industry, being essential for footballers who want to focus on academic pursuits after their sporting careers, as is the case with Tsubasa Endoh.