Because Aya Sameshima is a popular search term for this blog, I decided to follow up on her story. After the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, Aya Sameshima and her Tepco Mareeze teammates were sent to new homes. Sameshima ended up in the United States playing for the Boston Breakers after Japan’s Women’s World Cup Championship.
Now she has moved out again, this time playing for Montpellier in France’s Division 1 Feminine. She joined the club in mid-September and was reunited with Japanese national team teammate Rumi Utsugi. Throughout her travels, though she has said that she hopes to continue to learn and become a stronger player as the London Olympics approach.