Kei Kamara started his MLS career in Columbus and now hopes he can lift the Major League Soccer trophy in front of the fans inside their MAPFRE Stadium on December 6, 2015.
Columbus Crew SC will contest Portland Timbers for the MLS Cup after winning the Eastern Conference championship 2-1 on aggregate against New York Red Bulls on Sunday night.
Kamara was chosen by Crew SC ninth overall at the 2006 MLS SuperDraft making 36 appearances scoring five goals in two seasons, before moving to San Jose Earthquakes ahead of the 2008 campaign.
Last season after spells with Norwich and Middlesbrough in England he returned to the ground he grew up playing his first professional football.
The 31-year-old said: “I made my debut here in front of these fans as a young man; it will be a pleasure to give something back for their tremendous support.
“It has been a great year with a great team, great lads to play around. We’re looking forward to the final it’ll be at home in Columbus we’re very excited we’re going to play to win it.
“It’s an honour to be part of MLS best 11, but that’s not what I just what I want to win the cup, Kei told footballsierraleone.net
“I’m definitely looking forward to face Portland Timbers under different circumstances and a bigger crowd hopefully.
In the just concluded Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, the forward scored three goals including his brace in the Second Leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Montreal Impact on Sunday, November 8.
He won the MLS Player of the Month award four times (April, May, August, September) and was named MLS Player of the Week three times (Weeks 12, 23, 28), netting 25 goals in all competitions in this campaign.
This will be Kamara’s first all-star appearance after netting twenty-five goals in all competitions in the 2015 campaign.
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