Kei Kamara’s return to MLS has proved a raving success so far, as the Columbus Crew SC striker’s brace in Friday night’s 2-2 draw against the Chicago Fire took his scoring record this season to a league-leading nine goals in 11 games.
The two-goal haul – Kamara’s third of the campaign – also earned the Sierra Leone international Player of the Week honours for week 12, beating the likes of Toronto FC playmaker Sebastian Giovinco and Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber to the award.
The former Norwich City and Middlesbrough striker opened the scoring in the clash with the Fire at MAPFRE Stadium, tapping in Ethan Finlay’s eight-minute cross following a well-worked team move, before doubling the home side’s advantage 10 minutes after the break with a header from Gonzalo Higuain’s corner.
The Crew were made to rue missing further opportunities to increase their lead, as Chicago came back with goals from David Accam and Jason Johnson to earn a share of the points, but that did not detract from what was another fine performance from Kamara.
Having returned to the States from an 11-month stint with Boro, which saw him score four goals in 25 games, the ex-Sporting KC forward looks like a far better finisher than when he first left in September 2013 and should prove vital to Columbus’ hopes of landing their second MLS Cup title going forward.
Given his current form, one might even suggest that the Championship club gave up on him too soon, especially after looking so lifeless up front in Monday’s 2-0 play-off final defeat to another of his former clubs, Norwich.