Yohei Takaoka seeks World Cup path through MLS success

Yohei Takaoka story

The next men’s World Cup takes place in 2026 and when it does, Canada, Mexico and the United States play host.

Yohei Takaoka – Vancouver Whitecaps FC's offseason signing from J1 League champions Yokohama F. Marinos who's emerged as one of the top goalkeepers in Major League Soccer this year – hopes to represent Japan in that World Cup. And that dream is part of the journey that brought him to MLS.