HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Gent and signed as a Designated Player on January 9, 2020.
Kubo is an experienced, versatile attacking player who will look to build off a three-goal campaign in his first season in Cincinnati
INTERNATIONAL: Kubo has made 13 appearances, scoring two goals and adding two assists for Japan since making his senior international debut in an international friendly against Oman on Nov. 11, 2016. The forward scored his first goal and also added his first assist for Japan in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the United Arab Emirates on March 23, 2017.
OUTSIDE MLS: Kubo’s professional career began in 2011 when he signed for Japanese second-division side Kyoto Sanga. The forward made 69 appearances, including 44 starts, while scoring 21 goals and adding two assists across all competition in three seasons with the Ochihins. In his first professional season, Kubo and Kyoto Sanga advanced to the Emperor’s Cup final as the then 19-year-old tallied in all three of his appearances in the competition. Following the conclusion of the 2013 J2 League season, Kubo joined Swiss perennial power BSC Young Boys. In four seasons with Young Boys, Kubo made 137 appearances, including 78 starts, while scoring 39 goals and adding 15 assists across all competitions. Kubo played alongside former FC Cincinnati midfielder Leonardo Bertone in all four seasons with the club, as well as Atlanta United FC’s Josef Martinez during the 2013-14 campaign. After tallying double-digit goals across all competitions during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns, the forward moved to a new league during FIFA’s January transfer window when he joined Belgian first-division side KAA Gent. In his first 17 appearances with the club, the forward scored 11 goals and tallied two assists across all competitions. In three seasons with the Belgian First Division A club, Kubo totaled 73 appearances, including 57 starts, scoring 25 goals and adding six assists across all competitions. Kubo spent the 2018-19 season on loan with Bundesliga side 1. FC Nürnberg, where he totaled 23 appearances across all competitions in his lone season in Germany.