Player Details

Name

Kei Kamara

Height

6' 3"

Weight

187 lbs

Date of Birth

9.1.1984 (37)

Birthplace

Kenema, Sierra Leone

Position

Forward

Position Detail

Striker

Preferred Side

Centre

Footedness

Right

Roster Category

Supplemental Slots 21-24
Career Summary

Forward Kei Kamara who agreed to a one-year contract through 2022 with an option year in 2023.

A veteran of 15 seasons in MLS, Kamara has played a total of 359 regular season matches, earning 299 starts and accruing 27,117 minutes of game time. In that period, he scored 130 goals and collected 47 assists. As the fifth-best goal scorer in MLS history, Kamara is one of 10 players in the league to have found the back of the net over 100 times.

Following a first-round draft pick selection by the Columbus Crew (ninth overall) in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft, Kamara spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Ohio club. He also played with the San Jose Earthquakes and the Houston Dynamo FC in 2008 and 2009, and Sporting Kansas City from 2009 to 2013, before rejoining the Crew for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He then played for the New England Revolution in 2016 and 2017, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2018, the Colorado Rapids in 2019 and 2020, and lastly with Minnesota United FC in 2020.

In the winter of 2013, Kamara was also loaned to English club Norwich City of the Premier League and later signed with Middlesborough, scoring four goals in 25 matches in the English second division. Most recently, he returned to Europe for a spell with Finnish club HIFK last summer where he collected five goals in 14 games, all as a starter.

At the international level, Kamara has earned 39 caps with Sierra Leone from 2010 to 2022. He most recently featured for his country in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, featuring in all three group stage matches against Algeria, Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea. On June 12, 2021, he scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Benin, securing Sierra Leone’s qualification to the tournament for the first time since 1996.

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