Columbus Crew signs Kamara as insurance for Kamara

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It’s not quite Mousa and Moussa Dembele, but we like the sound of this move by Columbus anyway.

Columbus has added more insurance to its strike corps with the signing of Norwegian forward Ola Kamara.

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The move comes as the Crew continue to negotiate with star striker Kei Kamara, the 31-year-old Sierra Leone man who’s not pleased with his current contract after a career-best 22-goal campaign.

As for Ola, he’s 26 and spent last season on loan from Rapid Wien at Molde in Norway. Ola Kamara scored 14 goals for the strong Norwegian side, and has been capped 7 times for his national team (though not since 2014).


“We have been tracking Ola for quite some time and we are pleased to welcome him to Crew SC,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter.

“Adding a player of his caliber makes our squad stronger as we continue to prepare for the 2016 Major League Soccer season. Not only does he bring a different attacking profile to our club, but his scoring record and past production speaks for itself. We are confident that he has a bright future with Columbus.”

Columbus has also signed Conor Casey this offseason, and carries Cedrick Mbwati, Justin Meram, Ethan Finlay and Federico Higuain in its multi-pronged attack as well.