Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes used the busy week to put Kei Kamara to work, utilizing the man immediately upon return his loan at Norwich City.
Kamara was back at practice one week ago, a little heavy legged from travel but otherwise ready to contribute, even as stories circulated of interest from several teams in England. Vermes got the big winger back onto the Sporting Park field with 17 minutes in the 1-0, mid-week loss to Seattle.
Last night in Houston, Kamara put in a 35-minute shift, entering for Jacob Peterson and supplying a little addition punch to the visitors attack.
With both clubs playing for the third time in eight days, the ability to bring in someone with Kamara’s experience (not to mention his power and pace) looks like a really useful, heavy weapon in the SKC arsenal.
The other option here is that Kamara could displace Peterson in the lineup, especially as the current starter has yet to reach full fitness following a long injury layoff. It’s a great choice to have for Vermes – assuming Kamara remains in the Midwest rather than biting on one of the offers.
Meanwhile, you wonder how long Sporting will keep Bobby Convey around? The former U.S. international simply has not made an impact around Sporting Park over his year-plus with the club. He’s dealing with calf and Achilles ailments now, but even when healthy he has been hard pressed to crack the starting lineup.