A proven and proficient goal scorer in his 12th Major League soccer career, Kei Kamara, is expected to make his 300th top-flight appearances on Saturday. (Photo credit Vancouver Whitecaps)
The striker is set to become the first Sierra Leonean and the second African behind Dominic Oduro of Ghana in the league’s history to reach the milestone.
The former Columbus and Revelation attacker will join others such as Brad Davis (392), Brian Carrol (371), Chad Marshall (371), Bobby Boswell (366), Landon Donovan (340), Jeff Cunningham (365) Dominic Oduro of Ghana (336) and Cobi Jones (306) to name a few to have reached the milestone.
Without a doubt, Kamara will lead the lines against his former club Houston Dynamo as he bids to register his 100 MLS regular season goals at the BBVA Compass Stadium.
During the early stages of his career, he scored seven goals in 32 appearances for the Dynamo in the 2008 – 2009 seasons.
The striker opened his 2018 Whitecaps account in their 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact last Sunday in the opener of the 2018 Major League Soccer goal campaign.
Speaking to Whitecaps journalists, Kamara said it is true they called him old for a reason but was also quick to acknowledge how far he has come.
“I’m honoured and I’m looking forward to game after game.” he said, “And, hopefully, I can play lots more games because I am not done yet.”
“I’m only playing for one reason and that has not happened yet so I’m still playing.”
“Consistency is the key – be a sponge absorber like and squeeze it out when is time – hopefully I’m able to translate that to some of the younger guys around me that have only played four or five, six games.”
Kamara on his potential 100th MLS regular season goals
“It’s good to always play against old team, and for me, that is the whole MLS – so it’s good.
“But, I look forward to the game – the numbers are counting saying 99 having a 100 goal in a regular season is definitely a big milestone I will love to get to but really I’m not focused on that.”
The Sierra Leone native arrived in Vancouver with a history and that includes 103 goals and 39 assists in 246 starts and 298 appearances in his MLS career, including 12 playoffs matches.
He is the 12th player in MLS’s history to eclipse the century mark in goals.
MLS Regular Season games since 2006 with Columbus Crew
Kei Kamara 287 appearances – MLS Post Season matches 12
Listening more to Kamara’s interview below…
"Having the atmosphere that it was on Sunday…it definitely boosted us to the win."
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— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) March 8, 2018
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