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
The forward, a Jesuit High School (Carmichael, CA) graduate, has made 116 appearances with the club and scored 47 goals in league play, both all-time club records. His 16 assists are tied for the most in club history alongside Danny Barrera heading into his fifth season in an Old Glory Red kit.
During the 2019 United Soccer League Championship season, Iwasa made 33 appearances, including 29 starts. His 2,712 minutes during league play was second-best on the team behind Jaime Villarreal. Iwasa led the boys in Old Glory Red this season in goals (17), assists (6), shots (72) and shots on goal (32). His 17 goals tied a club record for goals in a single USL season, a record Iwasa set in 2016 (12) and broke in 2018 (17). The striker’s first-career hat trick against OKC in March was the fastest hat trick scored in Republic FC history (27 minutes).
Iwasa first joined Republic FC in 2015 prior to the start of the club’s second-ever USL campaign where he finished the season with one goal and an assist from 16 appearances.
The following season, the Sacramento-native broke out with 12 goals and three assists, earning him 2016 USL All-League Second Team honors. Ahead of the 2017 season, Iwasa signed with Sporting Kansas City to a Major League Soccer contract. However, Iwasa would spend the season loaned out to Kansas City’s USL affiliate, Swope Park Rangers.
In 2018, he returned to his hometown where the forward went on to score 17 goals and contribute six assists, both of which were team-highs.
Prior to signing with Sacramento, he played collegiately at UC Irvine before the Montreal Impact drafted Iwasa 65th overall in the 2015 SuperDraft. He ultimately did not sign with the MLS club and joined Republic FC in 2015 instead.
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, A: Assists, F: Fouls, C: Cautions, E: Ejections, SOG: Shots on Goal.
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 Thommy 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.