New Rapids goal-poacher Kamara up for the challenge

by | Dec 12, 2018 | Players Abroad News | 0 comments

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NEW Colorado Rapids goal-poacher, Sierra Leone’s Kei Kamara, feels joining the Denver suburb Commerce City side is an ‘exciting prospect’.

The former Middlesbrough attacker, on Tuesday, was picked by Cincinnati and traded to the Rapids for an international roster spot, on a two-year deal.

“It’s a great move and I am very happy about it,” Kamara said. “It’s going to be a fun pressure because they want me to score goals and be a leader too, I look forward to it,” Kamara told Football Sierra Leone UK.

Kamara is the sixth-all time goal poacher in MLS’s history; the 34-year-old has accounted 112 goals and 44 assists in 314 MLS games.

Rapids Executive Vice President and General Manager, Pádraig told clubs website, “Kei Kamara is a natural goal scorer who has consistently ranked among the top finishers in MLS.”

“His goalscoring capabilities will bring a much-needed cutting edge to our attack. We are delighted to bring Kei to the club and look forward to seeing him on the field in the burgundy and blue in 2019,” Smith explained.

The Sierra Leone native is still focusing on winning the MLS Cup. When asked if he is still eager to win it after his move to the Rapids, he said, “Yes of course or I will retire now.

“I have a drive and playing to win a trophy. That’s always my drive.”

The MLS veteran, who started his trip with Columbus Crew in 2006 after drafted ninth overall by Crew SC in 2006, went on to play 19 games nine from the start, scoring three goals.

Since 2006, he has won the fans everywhere he has played including his best spell in 2015 playing in 32 matches for the Columbus Crew SC, 31 from the start, scoring a career-high 22 goals and eight assists.

He was the joint top scorer with 22 goals but finished second to Sebastian Giovinco on fewer assists.

The proven MLS target man scored 14 goals last season for Vancouver Whitecaps and made five assist in twenty-eight appearances.

Kamara has also had spells with Sporting Kansas City, Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes and away from the MLS Norwich City and Championship side Middlesbrough between 2012 and 2014.

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