Position: Forward (#31)
Weight: 180 lb
Born: July 7, 1993
Birthplace: Sacramento, California
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Previous Club: Sporting Kansas City
College: UC Irvine
How Acquired: Signed on Mar. 20, 2015
Iwasa is in his fourth season with Republic FC after first joining the team in 2015. The Sacramento native currently holds the club's all-time record for most goals scored both in league play and across all competitions, a record he broke during the 2018 season.
In addition to the all-time goal scoring record, Iwasa broke the single-season scoring record he had set in 2016, finishing the 2018 season with a team-high 17 USL goals and six assists (the previous single-season record was 12 goals).
Iwasa first joined Republic FC in 2015 ahead of their second-ever season. He finished his rookie campaign with one goal and an assist from 16 appearances, five as starts.
The 2016 season was Iwasa’s breakout year with Republic FC, as his 12 goals and three assists set the club record for most goals scored in a season by one player (he would go on to break this record in 2018). Iwasa's goals helped guide Republic FC to a first-place finish in the Western Conference and earned him a 2016 USL All-League Second Team selection.
Iwasa's record year garnered the attention of Sporting Kansas City who signed the forward to a Major League Soccer contract ahead of the 2017 season. However, Iwasa would spend the season on loan with their USL affiliate, Swope Park Rangers, making 22 appearances (seven as starts) and recording two goals and an assist.
After a season in the Midwest, Iwasa returned to Republic FC in 2018 and went on to break his previous single-season scoring record with 17 goals and six assists in USL play, both team-highs. He broke the club's all-time goal scoring record with his goal against RGV Toros FC on August 11, 2018, eclipsing Rodrigo "RoRo" Lopez who had previously held the record.
Prior to signing with his hometown club, Iwasa played collegiately at UC Irvine before being drafted by MLS’s Montreal Impact in the 2015 SuperDraft (65th overall). However, he was not signed by the MLS team and instead joined Republic FC in 2015.
2017: Signed a MLS contract with Sporting Kansas City ... Appeared in 22 USL matches on loan for Swope Park Rangers ... Recorded two goals and one assist on the season, acting mostly as a super sub.
2016: Made 38 appearances for Republic FC in all competitions, including all 30 of Republic FC's USL matches ... Scored a Republic FC record 12 goals in USL play, breaking the previous record of 11 ... Recorded three assists on the season ... One of only two players to score 11 or more goals and record three or more assists in the same season, joining Tommy Stewart ... Was name to the USL All-League Second Team ... Was named to the USL Team of the Week in Weeks 13, 21 and 23 ... Was named USL Player of the Week in Week 13.
2015: Appeared in 22 matches for Republic FC in all competitions, including 16 USL matches … Scored two goals and recorded two assists in all competitions … Scored his first professional goal against Portland Timbers 2 on April 2 … Scored a match-winning goal against English Premier League club Sunderland AFC on July 14 … Led all Republic FC rookies in minutes (815) and USL minutes (564) … Was named to the USL Team of the Week in Week 11.
2014: Appeared in 25 matches as a senior at UC Irvine, starting all 25 … Scored six goals and recorded six assists, tying his career high in points with 18 … Was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist … Named to the All-West Region First Team and the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-American Second Team.
2013: Appeared in 23 matches as a junior, starting all 23 … Scored seven goals and recorded four assists for a career high 18 points.
2012: Appeared in 20 matches, starting all 20 as a sophomore at UC Irvine … Scored six goals and recorded two assists.
2011: Appeared in all 17 matches in his freshman season at UC Irvine … Scored three goals and recorded two assists.