Kei Kamara celebrated his 200th appearance in the MLS by scoring the opening goal for his side Columbus Crew in their 4-1 victory over fellow Sierra Leonean side Philadelphia Union on Saturday.
Kamara, 30, continued his excellent start to the 2015 season with his 78th career goal in club football.
The Sierra Leone striker exploded onto the MLS scene when he was just 21, he was chosen by Crew ninth overall at the 2006 MLS Super-Draft. He spent two seasons there, making 36 appearances and scoring 5 goals.
“It’s amazing, to be honest,” he says, “coming back here and being able to play for this club that made me a professional. Playing my 200th game at home is a special moment.”
On Kei Kamara’s performance head coach Gregg said, “He has been fantastic. Besides the assist and the goal that he had, he was dominating out there tonight. Every ball in the air he was winning, bringing his teammates into the game. That’s what we imagined when we signed him. We are very pleased with him so far.”
Kamara has started in 154 of his 200 matches and recorded more than 14,000 minutes in his MLS career with Crew SC, the San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City.
The Sierra Leone striker, who moved to Carrow Road on loan from MLS side Kansas City in January 2013, stepped off the bench to score the equaliser six minutes from time in only his second appearance for the club against Everton.
Kamara made his English Premier League debut for Chris Hughton’s side as an 86th-minute substitute in a 0–0 draw with Fulham on 9 February 2013.
He quickly became a fan favourite of the Norwich support for his enthusiastic and flamboyant style of play, despite some fans composing songs to recognise their new-found hero. Kamara did not record any more goals.
The Club confirmed on 4th May 2013 that his loan spell has ended he would be returning to Sporting Kansas City immediately.
However, September 2013, Middlesbrough announced the signing of Kamara for a fee of £900,000.
The former Kansas striker made his debut for Boro on 14 September 2013 coming on as a 63rd-minute substitute in a 1-3 loss to Ipswich Town.
The 6ft 3in striker made his first start and scored his first goal for Boro in a 2-2 draw at forest ground.
He followed up his first goal against Forest by scoring on his home debut, a 3-3 draw against Bournemouth four days later.
He departed Boro in August 2014 after the club confirmed his contract has been cancelled by mutual consent.