MLS Legend Kei Kamara Joins LAFC

Kei Kamara in 2018.
Kei Kamara in 2018. Photo by Canadian Press/REX/Shutterstock (9745042b)

Legendary MLS striker Kei Kamara isn’t ready to pull the curtain on his career just yet despite turning 40 in September. Kamara just signed a contract with LAFC, which will be the 11th MLS club in his career.

According to LAFC’s announcement, Kamara joins the club on a one-year deal with an option for the 2025 season.

Besides still having a passion for soccer, Kamara has another good reason to keep on playing. He is currently third on the MLS all-time goalscorers list with 144 goals and needs just two more goals to jump over second-placed Landon Donovan. Chris Wondolowski sits at the top of the list with 171 goals.

“Kei is one of the all-time greatest goal scorers in MLS history and a great complement to our attack,” said LAFC general manager John Thorrington in a statement. “Kei has a long history here in Southern California, so we know it will bring a sense of pride for him to represent LAFC.”

Kei Kamara made his MLS debut in 2006 with Columbus Crew. In the next eight years, he also played with San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, and Sporting Kansas City, before embarking on a stint in Europe. While overseas, he played with Norwich City and Middlesbrough.

Kamara returned to the United States in 2015, rejoining Crew. This is when he had his best season as a pro, finishing at the top of the MLS goal-scoring chart with 21 goals. After one more season in Columbus, he embarked on stints with New England Revolution, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Colorado Rapids, Minnesota United FC, CF Montréal, and Chicago Fire FC.

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