Soccer: Kawasaki midfielder Morita to join Portuguese side Santa Clara

Kawasaki Frontale midfielder Hidemasa Morita, selected for this season’s J-League Best 11 after helping the club win its third top-flight championship in four years, is set to join Portuguese first-division side Santa Clara, sources with knowledge of the move said Tuesday. The 25-year-old defensive midfielder is expected to depart for Europe after Kawasaki battle first-division runners-up Gamba Osaka in the Emperor’s Cup final on New Year’s Day. A strong passer with a knack for winning contested balls, Morita has been a major contributor for Frontale since helping them capture the 2018 J-Leagu…

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