Colorado Rapids Soccer Club announced today the acquisition of striker Kei Kamara in exchange for a 2019 international roster spot. Kamara becomes the second addition to the Rapids attacking front since the conclusion of the 2018 season.
“Kei Kamara is a natural goal scorer who has consistently ranked among the top finishers in MLS,” said Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager, Pádraig Smith. “His goal scoring 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."
A prolific striker, Kamara is Major League Soccer’s sixth all-time leading scorer with 112 goals. The striker has amassed an impressive 135 goals and 41 assists in 390 (28,675 minutes) career appearances. Last season, he scored 17 goals and notched 6 assists in all competitions for Vancouver.
Prior to signing with Vancouver, Kamara spent two seasons with the New England Revolution, scoring 19 goals in 52 appearances. The MLS veteran was drafted 9th overall by Columbus Crew SC in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft and scored on his professional debut on April 4, 2006. Kamara has also spent time with Sporting Kansas City, Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes. Additionally, the striker played in England for Premier League side Norwich City and Championship side Middlesbrough between 2012 and 2014.
Born in Kenema, Sierra Leone, Kamara committed his international future to the West African nation in 2008. He made his senior national team debut during a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier match versus South Africa on June 14, 2008 in a 1-0 victory. He is the captain for the Sierra Leone senior squad and has 27 international caps and four goals for the Leone Stars.
“I’m excited to be joining Colorado and look forward to contributing with many goals for the club in 2019,” said Kamara. “I want to be an important part of the team’s success next season.”
TRANSACTION: Colorado Rapids – December 11, 2018 – Colorado Rapids have acquired striker Kei Kamara from FC Cincinnati in return for a 2019 international roster spot.
Full Name: Kei Kamara (KYE kuh-MAR-uh)
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birth Date: September 1, 1984
Birthplace: Kenema, Sierra Leone
Hometown: Kenema, Sierra Leone