HOW ACQUIRED: Signed via the MLS allocation ranking on October 7, 2014 and then in March 2016 he was re-signed to a Designated Player contract which runs through 2018.
Kamara is a center forward who has terrorized MLS defenses with elite athleticism, dominant aerial ability and superlative one-touch finishing -- talents which have set him apart from other strikers throughout his MLS career. His 22-goal 2015 season was the high watermark for his career, while also helping Crew SC reach the MLS Cup final.
He was drafted No. 9 overall by the Crew in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and bounced around from Columbus (2006-2007) to San Jose (2008) and then to Houston (2008) before breaking out at Sporting Kansas City (2009-2013) under manager Peter Vermes. His performances at SKC earned him a loan to the English Premier League and a permanent transfer to Middlesbrough in the English Championship. Work permit issues led to his return to MLS in time for the 2015 season.
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INTERNATIONAL: Kamara has made 24 appearances for the Sierra Leone national team, scoring four goals and also serving as captain. His debut for Sierra Leone came during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on June 14, 2008 vs. South Africa. He scored his first goals for his country with a brace during 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification against Sao Tome and Principe on June 16, 2012. He appeared in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification fixtures, scoring another goal for Sierra Leone on June 8, 2013 against Tunisia.
OUTSIDE MLS: Prior to the 2013 MLS season, Kamara was signed on loan from Sporting Kansas City by English Premier League side Norwich City. He appeared in 11 games for the club, scoring one goal. He was permanently transferred to Championship side Middlesbrough in September 2013, where he made 25 appearances ... During his pre-MLS days he played for PDL side Orange County Blue Stars.
COLLEGE: Spent two seasons at Cal State-Dominguez Hills. Named third-team All-American in his sophomore year.