Columbus Crew striker Kei Kamara has extended his contract with the MLS club until 2018 as the fourth Designated Player in the club’s history.
Kamara’s previous contract ran until 2017. The Eastern Conference champions announced on Wednesday that they have acquired Kamara to a new contract that will make him a Designated Player until 2018.
The former Norwich striker shared the goal-scoring tally last season with Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto FC and Kamara was also second to the Italian forward in MVP voting.
The Designated Player Rule, nicknamed the Beckham Rule, was adopted as part of the salary cap regulations of Major League Soccer for the 2007 season, which allows clubs to sign players that would be considered outside of the team’s salary cap (either by offering the player higher wages or by paying a transfer fee for the player).
“We are proud to be able to offer Kei a contract extension,” Crew SC sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter said in a statement released by the club. “To me, he is a true success story in this League: a player who has worked his way up the ranks and now has earned a Designated Player contract following one of the most prolific goal-scoring seasons in MLS history last year.
Kamara, 31, has reiterated to Football Sierra Leone few days ago that he is happy, fit and ready to help Columbus Crew challenge to win a major trophy again.
“Always positive and much focused and can’t wait for the new season to start, Kamara told footballsierraleone.net
“I feel good, and looking forward to a good season. My hopes are to win a trophy again that hasn’t changed.”
Kamara is expected to pilot Columbus Crew SC strike force on Sunday away to Portland Timbers before hosting the Philadelphia Union on the 12th of March 2016.