Kei Kamara’s time at Middlesbrough is done. Whether his career is England is over remains to be seen, but after player and club agreed to mutually part ways today, the former Columbus, San Jose, Houston, and Kansas City forward is reportedly interested in a return stateside, with a trio of playoff contenders tapped as possible destinations.
Kamara’s departure ends a season-long stay at the Riverside Stadium where he made 25 appearances (19 starts) last season, registering four goals. Over four games of the new Championship campaign, Kamara’s failed to log a minute, leaving the 29-year-old expendable from Aitor Karanka’s squad.
According to MLS’s website, the Sierra Leone international would like to return to Sporting Kansas City, where he scored 38 goals over four-plus seasons. Kansas City, however, no longer retains Kamara’s rights, having received a transfer fee from Boro for its former forward. With Sporting sitting 16th in allocation (the process by which Kamara would return to MLS, according to the league), Peter Vermes would have to trade for left wing target.
Citing a source out of Vancouver, the league’s website also relayed Kamara’s reported interest in Vancouver, a team that’s overflowing with attacking talent. Even if there was room for Kamara within Carl Robinson’s squad, the Whitecaps sit fourth in the allocation order.
At the top of that list is Columbus, a team that’s been looking to augment its squad all season. Though the Crew have been most prominently linked with midfield talent (U.S. international Mix Diskerud), striker has been among the team’s biggest needs all season. While Kamara’s finishing was always erratic, his physicality, presence in the air, and skill on the ball would make him a valuable addition.
But given the package he offers, Kamara would be a valuable addition to almost any team in MLS. The question is less talent than fit. While he would fit perfectly back in Kansas City, a spot in Vancouver would make him a bit player. Columbus? Or a team that targets that top allocation spot? They may have an entirely different idea of what to do with the versatile Kamara, who posted a goodbye message to his Twitter account earlier today:
KEI KAMARA (@keikamara) August 28, 2014