After joining Vissel in 2007 and making his J.League debut the following year, Matsuoka leaves us having played 126 matches. Always one of the most colorful characters in the squad, I think it's fair to say that his effort, passion and commitment far outweighed his ability, and while it's sad to lose another Vissel comrade, I can understand the decision to let him go.
I remember when he made his debut in the first home match of the season in 2008 wearing the number 26 shirt in a glorious 4-1 victory over Frontale (Leandro hat trick). And who could forget the nutty goal celebration when he earned us a priceless 1-0 victory over Albirex, and survival in J1, with his first ever goal.
Good luck with the new challenge and thanks for the memories from all of us at La Famiglia.