March 30, 2010

Natasha Kai Signs with PUMA®

From WPS press release.

US Women's National Team and Sky Blue FC forward Natasha Kai has signed with PUMA®. The signing of Kai reinforces PUMA's commitment to WPS and the sport in general. PUMA will be Kai's official supplier of soccer equipment and she will be featured in PUMA marketing campaigns.

Kai, one of WPS's most exciting players on the field and most exciting personalities off the field, is a native of Hawaii, where she played her college soccer. Last season, she scored 6 goals in leading Sky Blue FC to the WPS Championship. She also has 67 USWNT caps to her credit. PUMA is a founding sponsor of Women's Professional Soccer.

“Not only is Natasha one of the most talented female players in the game, she’s also a wonderful fit for the brand,” said Jay 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’s feelings are mutual: “I love color, style, fashion. With me, what you see is what you get, and I’m not afraid to show who I am. I’m extremely excited, because I’ve been searching for product that truly fits my personality, and PUMA is a perfect match for me both on and off the field.”
PUMA is a global leader in the game of soccer as the official apparel, footwear, and equipment supplier for WPS. PUMA also represents four-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta, in addition to WPS athletes Karina Le Blanc, Amy Rodriguez, and Leslie Osborne. Internationally, PUMA Football’s portfolio includes five European National Teams, including current FIFA World Cup™ holders Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Czech Republic and 12 African soccer Federations including the current CAF African Cup of Nations™ holders Egypt, Algeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Tunisia, Namibia, Morocco, Angola, Senegal, and Togo. PUMA is a sponsor to seven of the qualifying teams of this year’s 2010 FIFA World Cup. PUMA is also partnered with top international women’s club, Umea IK.