In the most crucial part of the season, MLS teams in dire need of a proven scorer should throw themselves at free agent Kei Kamara. The former Sporting Kansas city talisman mutually parted ways with English side Middlesbrough F.C. on Thursday and there have been reports that he might be interested in a move back to the league that kick started his career.
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During his second tenure in England (he had a short loan stint with English Premier League side Norwich City), Kamara’s progress was hampered by injuries and he only played 25 times, scoring four goals.
Despite his inability to adapt to English football, Kamara would be a steal for any team in the MLS. The 29-year-old forward knows the league like the back of his hand, seamlessly gets along with people, has the adroitness to fill multiple positions and his work rate is second to none.
Kamara is the kind of guy that knows how to get it done. The experience he’s picked up during a career that’s had its ups and downs have made him a player that has the knowledge to push his team to higher heights.
Experience and assiduity are not the only respectable qualities Kamara possesses; he is also pulchritudinous. The veteran forward has a physique that many professional soccer players would die for. He’s got the size and strength to play as a target forward, has the fleet foot to function as a winger, and it is easy to mistake Kamara for a professional basketball player because of his tremendous leap.
Even though Kamara isn’t the most technically savvy player, he is creative. Whenever he’s given space and allowed to pick out a teammate, Kamara’s passes are accurate and tend to be deadly.
As one would expect, Kamara wants to return to Sporting KC. He became a cult hero during his time with the club. The fans adored him, supported his every move and head coach Peter Vemes helped transform him into one of the deadliest attackers MLS has ever seen.
In 113 appearances for Sporting KC – known as Kansas City Wizards when Kamara was signed in 2009 ‒ he scored 38 goals and made 20.
However, the club lost Kamara’s rights after receiving a transfer fee when he joined Boro.
If it is true that Kamara wants to return to MLS, he’ll have to go through the allocation order. The system – that often confuses MLS fans and was bypassed when Clint Dempsey joined Seattle Sounders ‒ will give the team on top of the allocation order the first crack at the Sierra Leone international. At the moment, that team is Kamara’s former employer, Columbus Crew.
The Crew’s search for a striker hasn’t been a secret and a move for Kamara won’t surprise anyone. Kamara would be an upgrade for Gregg Berhalter’s side, whose forwards have struggled to produce goals. The club’s main striker, Jairo Arrieta, has only scored three goals this season.
Another club that could be looking Kamara’s way is the Vancouver Whitecaps. The club is fourth in the allocation order and manager Carl Robinson has stated that it’s time for his team to make a playoff push. Kamara would add experience and versatility to a team full of young talents.
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