Former Vancouver Whitecaps striker Masato Kudo has died following brain surgery

Former Vancouver Whitecaps striker Masato Kudo has died following brain surgery

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Whitecaps say they are saddened by the death of former striker Masato Kudo.

Japanese club Tegiwajaro Miyazaki announced on their website on Friday that the 32-year-old player has died.

Club President and CEO Keita Nimura said in a Japanese-language statement that Kudo was a “very successful player” who had “no arrogance and a great attitude.”

The Whitecaps said earlier this month that Kudo underwent brain surgery in Japan and was in intensive care.

The Japanese international played the 2016 Major League Soccer season in Vancouver, scoring two goals and one assist in 17 appearances.

Kudo also played for several professional teams in Japan and Brisbane Roar in Australia.

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