Kei Kamara joins Revolution from Columbus as a designated player

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May

The New England Revolution have acquired the service of Sierra Leone-born Kei Ansu Kamara as a Designated Player, the club have confirmed on twitter.

The Designated Player Rule was adopted as part of the salary cap regulations of Major League Soccer for the 2007 season. The rule allows each MLS franchise to sign players that would be considered outside of the team’s salary cap.

After earning a suspension for his public out burst targeting at Federico Higuain on Saturday night, Kamara was traded to the New England Revolution on Thursday.

Kamara is unavailable to comment but Football Sierra Leone understands the agreement was executed prior to the close of Major League Soccer’s 1 a.m. ET transfer window Thursday.

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“We have been looking to strengthen our team and we feel that this addition accomplishes just that,” said Revolution general manager Michael Burns.

“Kei is a player who has had success and is a proven goal scorer in MLS. We’re pleased we were able to get this deal done and look forward to Kei’s arrival and integration into the team.”

Kamara, 31, was Columbus Crews top scorer last season with 26 goals.

The former Norwich and Boro striker was joint top soccer last season tied with Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco on 22 goals but missed out on golden boot to Giovinco because of a lower number of assists.

He’s made 234 MLS appearances, including 187 starts, recording 79 goals and 31 assists while logging 17,195 minutes in his MLS career.

Last season was one of Kamara’s best setting the all-time single-season club records for Crew SC in 2015 with 135 shots, 57 shots on goal, and seven game-winning goals.

He has registered five goals in nice appearances in this campaign with Columbus Crew SC.

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