Vancouver Whitecaps FC are mourning the passing of Masato Kudo.
Kudo was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was kind, gracious, and his smile would light up the room.
A Japanese international who represented his national team, Kudo joined Whitecaps FC for the 2016 MLS season.
In-between his time in MLS, the striker played in his native Japan for Kashiwa Reysol, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Renofa Yamaguchi FC, and most recently Tegevajaro Miyazaki, as well as in Australia with Brisbane Roar.
Whitecaps FC offer our condolences to Kudo's family and friends at this difficult time.