Ex-Middlesbrough and Norwich striker Kei Kamara keeps impressive goalscoring run going in MLS

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The Columbus Crew SC star has a four-goal lead atop the league's Golden Boot charts after bagging his 11th and 12th strikes of the season in last night's 2-1 home win over New England.

Columbus Crew SC striker Kei Kamara continued his hot start to the 2015 campaign on Wednesday night, bagging a brace as his side secured a 2-1 victory over Eastern Conference rivals New England Revolution.

Lee Nguyen put the Revs ahead just 35 seconds into the match but the Crew were only behind for three minutes before Kamara netted the equaliser, heading home after Federico Higuain’s shot bounced off the crossbar and into his path.

The pace of the game settled down from there but the home side would grab what proved to be the winner five minutes after the break, as their star forward snagged his second when Ethan Finlay’s diagonal ball set him up for an easy finish from point-blank range.

 Vs New England PositionTeamGoalsTotal ShotsShots OntargetTotal Key PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyAerial Duels WonAerial Duel SuccessTouchesMins Played
Kei Kamara FW Columbus 2 5 3 0 21 62% 5 63% 34 90

With his fourth two-goal outing of the season, Kamara remains atop the MLS scoring charts with 12 goals from 16 games – four more than his nearest rivals – and shows no signs of slowing down at this point.

The Sierra Leone international’s return to the States in October from an ill-fated spell with Middlesbrough was billed as a huge coup for the Crew after the club struggled for options up top last term and, so far, it looks like his 11-month stint on Teesside has done little to affect his confidence.

Signed from Sporting Kansas City in September 2013 for around £900,000, the ex-Norwich City loanee made a hot start to life with Boro, 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 club where he first began his career in 2006, the tall front man looks like he made definite strides forward during his time in England and, while he is not the flashiest finisher, there are few better around MLS at this point.

If he can keep up his current form, he might even be rivalling the likes of Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco for the MVP award come the end of the campaign - an award few would have touted him for just a few months ago.

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