Story details DC United’s risk in signing striker with congenital heart disease

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There’s a relatively unique story unfolding in the headquarters of DC United, where the club hopes its found a diamond in a very rough situation.

The Washington Post’s Steven Goff has the story on attacker Alhaji Kamara, a 22-year-old Sierra Leone international who is on board with the Black-and-Red despite a heart condition which caused UEFA to ban him from the playing field.

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Major League Soccer’s doctors have a different opinion on Kamara’s congenital heart disease, and that’s allowed the IFK Norkopping man to move to the United States to continue his playing career.

From The Washington Post:

“We also looked at the heart muscle in the most detailed way possible – a heart MRI to look for scarring or any sign of problem related to this,” Taylor said. “We found none. We looked for past signs and potential for problem and found none.

“We’ve gone far beyond what is even the recommended evaluation. It’s all about wanting to be completely thorough.”

As Goff points out in his article, recent deaths on the field of play and the still-fresh retirement of Eddie Johnson will have heightened DC United’s concerns. Kamara deserves the right to work, and to make his decision based on sound advice, and UEFA thinks the on-field risk is too much. This is entertainment, and that’s a scary issue for a team to confront on match day.

If there’s anything light about this story, though, it allows us to recall the hilarious time Kamara went shrieking down the tunnel after receiving a red card.