Ex-Middlesbrough man Kei Kamara rediscovering his MLS groove

The Sierra Leone striker bagged a brace in Columbus Crew SC's 2-2 draw at the Vancouver Whitecaps to make it three goals in four games since returning to MLS.

Kei Kamara might have struggled to light up the goalscoring charts in England but the former Middlesbrough striker has had few problems settling into life back in MLS.

The Columbus Crew man twice gave his side the lead in last night’s 2-2 draw at the Vancouver Whitecaps, opening the scoring in 24th-minute with a simple finish, before grabbing a second five minutes after the break after the league’s leading-scoring, Octavio Rivero, had levelled things up on the half-hour.

The Whitecaps would go on to grab a second equaliser in the 64th-minute through Darren Mattocks but, despite twice being pegged back, the Crew can take heart from a positive result on the road against the Western Conference leaders.

A popular dark horse pick for MLS Cup this season, Gregg Berhalter’s side have endured a somewhat slow start to the 2015 campaign, winning just one of their opening four games, but have the pieces, in the likes of Kamara, who should help them contend with the league’s best.

The Sierra Leone international’s October acquisition, in particular, was billed as a huge coup after the team struggled for options up top all last term and three goals in four matches so far shows that his disappointing 11-month Boro stint did little to affect his confidence.

Signed from Sporting Kansas City in September 2013 for a reported £900,000 fee, the 30-year-old made a hot start to life on Teesside, netting four times in his first eight appearances, but failed to score again for the Championship side before agreeing to cancel his contract in late-August.

Since heading back to the States to the club where he first began his professional career in 2006, few in MLS doubt Kamara’s goalscoring abilities and last night’s performance, when he faced two imposing centre-backs in Kedall Waston and Pa Modou Kah, was a clear indication of his skills.

Nevertheless, he still believes he has a lot more to show over the coming months, telling the club’s official website after the match: “It’s my job, it’s what I do, obviously it’s good to do it at the right time for the team and putting us in a good position.

“I still could’ve been better. I felt like we could’ve been a lot better today against Vancouver, they’re a good team, but you know getting two goals on the road should definitely give us three points.”

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