One of the most prolific strikers among current MLS players, Kei Kamara
, has been acquired by Vancouver.
New England traded a 2019 first-round SuperDraft pick and conditional 2020
second-round SuperDraft for the rights to Kamara, 33, who has scored 103 goals and logged 39 assists in 298 appearances over 11 MLS seasons, including playoffs. He is 10th on the all-time
MLS goalscoring list and second among active players in regular season goals (98) behind San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski
Kamara (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) scored 19 goals for
the Revs, his fifth MLS team, after being acquired from Columbus in a trade during the 2016 season. He started his pro career in 2006 with Columbus and has also played for Sporting Kansas City,
Houston, and San Jose as well as New England. He played in England for Norwich and Middlesbrough in 2013 and 2014 prior to a starting a second stint with Columbus in 2015.
"Kei is a player that
brings goals and experience to the table,” said Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson in a statement. “He's a big body and he thrives off crosses. Most importantly, he's a good
character and he's driven to win. We firmly believe that Kei can help lead this team into exciting times next year.”
Kamara is under contract through the 2018 season. His addition and
the signing of Venezuelan forward Antony Blondell
give a much different look to the attack of the Whitecaps, who may elect not to convert the loan of striker Fredy Montero
“I'm really excited to come to Vancouver,” said Kamara, who has obviously done some studying of his new team. “I've been following the club, and I know that
they have a very competitive team that suits the way I play. I want to put pressure on myself to continue to score goals. Most importantly, I want to bring success to the Southsiders, Curva
Collective, Rain City Brigade, and all the supporters and fans of this club.”
The trade agreement includes a few conditions. The conditional 2020 second-round pick will become a
first-round selection if Kamara changes MLS teams prior to the 2018 roster freeze date. If he is permanently transferred to a non-MLS team prior to the freeze date the Revs and ‘Caps will split
equally the transfer fee.
Capped 26 times by his native country, Sierra Leone, Kamara played college soccer at Cal State Dominguez Hills and attained U.S. citizenship in 2006. He has
scored five international goals.