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Whitecaps sign Japan's Masato Kudo to multi-year deal

KAWASAKI, JAPAN - APRIL 29: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Masato Kudo of Kashiwa Reysol celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the J.League match between Kawasaki Frontale and Kashiwa Reysol at Todoroki Stadium on April 29, 2015 in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

KAWASAKI, JAPAN - APRIL 29: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Masato Kudo of Kashiwa Reysol celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the J.League match between Kawasaki Frontale and Kashiwa Reysol at Todoroki Stadium on April 29, 2015 in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have announced the signing of striker Masato Kudo on a free transfer from Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol.

Kudo, 25, joins on a multi-year deal. He has spent his entire career with Kashiwa Reysol, where he is the club's all-time leading goalscorer with 92 goals in 260 total appearances.

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"Masato has a very good goal-scoring record and we are always looking at adding to the group," Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson said in a club release. "He has a natural ability to find space in the box, which generates goal-scoring opportunities. He is technically good with both feet and, as always required, he is a hard working player."

The Tokyo native has four senior international caps for Japan, scoring two goals.

"I am thrilled to join Vancouver Whitecaps FC for the new season," Kudo said. "I am hoping to score as many goals as possible and help lead the team to victory. I am also really looking forward to playing in front of the great supporters at BC Place."