PUMA Signs Sky Blue FC Foward Natasha Kai

Lauren Green@lgreenWPSoccerCorrespondent IApril 5, 2010

COMMERCE CITY, CO - JULY 12:  Natasha Kai of the US Women's Soccer shows her style during practice on the eve of their match with Brazil at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on July 12, 2008 in Commerce City, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

On Monday, March 29, 2010, PUMA announced their signing of Sky Blue FC forward Natasha Kai.  Kai becomes the first Sky Blue FC player to sign with PUMA and only the fifth WPS player to join the sportslifestyle brand.  PUMA is also the official apparel, footwear and equipment supplier of the WPS. 

PUMA president Jay Piccola couldn’t be happier to have added the Hawaii native to the PUMA family.

“Not only is Natasha one of the most talented female players in the game, she’s also a wonderful fit for the brand,” said Piccola, president and general manager of PUMA North America.

“She’s bold, she’s colorful, she’s dynamic, and she does things differently in the same way that we strive to. When Natasha steps on the field, everyone takes notice—and we’re thrilled to have that energy as part of the PUMA family.”

Kai helped Sky Blue FC to the 2009 WPS championship, leading the team in scoring as they climbed through the standings to squeak into the playoffs.  They went on to win three games in eight days on a Cinderella run to claiming the title. 

They will look to pick up where they left off as the season begins and Kai is definitely excited for the season–and to be a part of PUMA.  The brand appeals to world class soccer players across the board and Natasha Kai is no exception.

"I love the feel of the jerseys.  They are light and wick really well so they don’t weigh me down as the game goes on.  The boots feel great, perform awesome and the colors are fabulous. They allow me to express myself and be me!"  Kai exclaimed.

Look for Kai to take the field with the rest of her Sky Blue FC teammates as they take on the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 6pm ET at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University.  The game will also be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at 6pm ET/3pm PT.

This article was excerpted from the WPS and Sky Blue FC releases by Lauren Green.  Green is a freelance writer for Bleacher Report and can be reached for comment or hire at lgreensoccer20@yahoo.com .