Kei Kamara hails Middlesbrough duo on Twitter for heroics at Manchester United

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The 31-year-old striker was left hugely impressed by the performances of former teammates Tomas Mejias and Daniel Ayala in his old side's shootout win over United in the Capital One Cup.

Kei Kamara may have endured a frustrating year-long spell at Middlesbrough but he clearly still holds a strong affinity for the Championship side.

The Columbus Crew SC striker was watching from across the Atlantic as his former club shocked Manchester United in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup fourth-round tie at Old Trafford, winning 3-1 on penalties following a 0-0 draw after extra-time.

Goalkeeper Tomas Mejias, who saved spot-kicks from Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young during the shootout, and centre-back Daniel Ayala were among the star performers for the visitors and their former teammate was quick to take to Twitter after the match to sing the Spanish duo’s praises.

Kamara originally joined Boro from MLS side Sporting Kansas City in September 2013 for around £900,000 and made a hot start to life on Teesside, scoring four times in his first eight appearances for the club.

However, injuries soon took their toll, and after going goalless over the rest of the campaign, the 6ft 3in front man found himself out of favour with new boss Aitor Karanka heading into the 2014-15 season.

Those circumstances prompted him to cancel his contract at the Riverside Stadium last August and return to the States over Europe to join the Crew – the club where he began his professional career after being selected ninth overall in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft.

Speaking on an MLS Insider piece last month about his time Boro, the Sierra Leone international said: “I went there and things started moving really fast, with the coaching staff leaving and all that.

“And then I injured my knee and never really got settled, so that’s why I decided that maybe it was best we go our separate ways.

“There were all these options for me to go and play in other countries but I didn’t want to bounce around in different places. At this part in my career, I wanted to come back and be part of something.”

The 31-year-old’s decision to head back across the Atlantic has certainly worked out well so far, as he finished the MLS regular-season last weekend with 22 goals in 32 appearances, while just missing out on the Golden Boot to Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco on account of having eight assists compared to the Italian’s 16.

His stellar displays also secured the Crew the Eastern Conference’s second playoff seed, and if he can carry his stellar scoring form into the post-season, he could have every chance of celebrating his first MLS Cup win come December.

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