Rapids forward Kei Kamara (23) is congratulated by midfielder Cole Bassett (26) for scoring a goal against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium Sept. 5. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. – If any MLS player can write a travelouge about the league, then it must be Kei Kamara.
The 36-year-old forward joined his eighth club Saturday as Minnesota United acquired him from the Colorado Rapids for a second round pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft and $150,000 in 2021 General Allocation Money.
Kamara will be eligible for competition upon completion of any mandatory quarantine period under local government and MLS health and safety protocol.
“We’ve added one of the best goalscorers in MLS history,” MNUFC head coach Adrian Heath said in a statement. “Given our current situation dealing with injuries we knew we had to make a move and we feel we have added another really important piece to our already potent attacking core. Every team we play now will know they have to contend with one of the best aerial threats in league history. We’ve been very dangerous on set pieces already this season and with the addition of Kei we are now even more dangerous. Kei has loads of experience and will no doubt be a benefit to this roster both on the field and in the locker room.”
Kamara, a 14-year veteran, also has played for Columbus Crew SC, San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, Vancouver Whitecaps, New England Revolution and FC Cincinnati.
He joins the Loons after 20 months with the Rapids, who acquired him via trade after being selected by FC Cincinnati in the 2018 MLS expansion draft from Vancouver. He is one of only 10 players to have scored 100 goals in MLS history, achieving the landmark in 300 appearances. Kamara has 352 game appearances, 129 goals, 46 assists across 26,659 minutes played. In 2019, Kamara scored his second hat-trick of his professional career in a 6-3 Colorado win over the Montreal Impact.
Kamara made 25 appearances for the Sierra Leone national team since his debut in 2010 during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, scoring five goals and also serving as captain. In 2019, Kamara retired from international duty.