Born: 24 June 1988 (Seoul, South Korea)
Midfielder So-hyun Cho joined us on loan from West Ham United in January, 2021, for the remainder of the season, before joining us permamently in July, 2021.
The South Korea captain joined West Ham in January, 2019, and made 33 appearances for them, including scoring the decisive spot-kick in their 2019 FA Cup semi-final penalty shootout win against Reading to take the team through to their first-ever final at Wembley.
Cho began her career at WK League side Suwon FMC before joining Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels in 2011, helping them to four WK League titles in six seasons.
The midfielder moved on loan to INAC Kobe Leonessa in Japan in January, 2016, where she went on to make 27 appearances, as well as scoring a vital penalty to seal victory in the 2016 Empress’ Cup.
Cho returned to Red Angels for a second spell a year later before joining Avaldsnes IL in the Norwegian top-flight in February, 2018. Cho featured 20 times in Toppserien, becoming the first female South Korea player to play in Norway.
The playmaker is one of South Korea’s most decorated women’s players and currently holds the record for most caps for the national team with 126, since making her debut in 2007.
She was named captain for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and led her country to the round of 16 for the first time in their history.