Kei Kamara returns to Major League Soccer, signs with Columbus Crew

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After spending the last two seasons in England, former Sporting KC, Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew attacker Kei Kamara has returned to Major League Soccer.

He is heading back to Columbus.

Kamara, 30, has signed with the Crew as they sat atop MLS’ allocation order. Kamara has spent the past two seasons with English second-tier club Middlesbrough but due to injury and issues with form, he agreed to leave the Riverside Stadium back in August.

The Columbus Disptach broke the news and here’s what Kamara told them about re-signing for the team who gave him his chance in MLS.

“It’s all the coach,” Kamara told The Dispatch this morning. “The coach called me, and … I’m a family person, which means the fact that he showed interest not just because of business but showed interest in calling me and talking to me personally about his idea and what he wants to do over here grabbed my attention. That was one of the most important things. It wasn’t just because they had my rights, really.”

Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter was quoted in the Dispatch as saying that Kamara “brings a lot of energy and expertise” and described him as an important addition.

Kamara started his MLS career with Columbus in 2006 and left for the San Jose Earthquakes in 2008 before making his name with Houston Dynamo and Sporting KC. Kamara joined Premier League side Norwich City on loan from SKC in 2013 before returning to KC briefly then heading back to England to sign for Middlsebrough but he scored just four goals in 25 appearances.

As per MLS rules, Kamara will join the Crew to practice next week but won’t be able to play for the team until January 2015 with rosters currently frozen, meaning he will have to sit out the rest of the 2014 regular season and the playoffs. The reason for that is due to Kamara being under contract when the summer transfer window closed, thus making him ineligible to play until the next window opens in January.

Kamara tweeted the following on his arrival back to Ohio.