Kei Kamara becomes first African to score 100 MLS Goals

Sierra-Leone star Kei Kamara has reached the Century mark in the MLS after scoring against former club Houston Dynamo this weekend.

As well as becoming the first African player to grab 100 goals in the US’ Top League, he is the 10th overall player to claim the achievement.

The Whitecaps striker took to Twitter to celebrate the landmark, stating that “The American dream is possible for anyone.”

Former strike partner Chris Wondolowski, another striker to boast over a 100 MLS goals, also used Twitter to congratulate his old teammate.

Moving to the US as a 16-year old with his family via a refugee program, Kamara’s first American side was the Dominguez Hill Toros, a college side. He then spent two years in the USL Premier Development league with Orange County Blue Star.

Kamara began his MLS career with the Columbus Crew, where he scored five goals after being picked in the 9th round of the 2006 MLS Superdraft. His early MLS days were quite a nomadic experience, as he quickly left Columbus when he was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes, where he only spent a year before he joined Houston Dynamo.

Again, his time in Texas was just a short stint, as he left after just over a year for Sporting Kansas, where he’d cement himself as a top-quality MLS Striker. Making over a 100 appearances for Kansas, he grabbed 38 league goals – taking him over the 50 goal mark.

His performances were alerting clubs from other countries about his quality, and Premier League Norwich took the plunge and brought him to England via a loan deal.

His eccentric celebrations and flamboyant playstyle earned him many fans at Carrow Road, but Norwich decline the option to bring him to Norfolk permanently.

Staying in England, Kamara dropped down to the Championship with Middlesbrough, but only spent another year in Britain before returning to the MLS.

He rejoined Columbus Crew for the 2015 season, and impressed with a much improved strike rate compared to his first spell at the Crew – 27 goals in 41 appearances.

However, Kamara’s return to the MLS also a return to his journeyman career, as he only spent one year with the Crew – leaving for the New England Revolution, where he played for another season, before joining current club Vancouver.

In both of his two games, Kamara has grabbed a goal – taking him to the 100 goal-mark.

Who are the other Top Goalscorers from Africa in the MLS?

 

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