With Kei Kamara celebrating his 100th MLS goal this weekend, how do other goalscorers from Africa compare in the MLS?
1 – Kei Kamara – 100 Goals, 300 Games
(Columbus Crew (x2), San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas, New England Revolution, Vancouver Whitecaps)
Kei Kamara sits atop of this list for good reason – as the only African player with a century of goals to his name.
So far ahead of other players on his list that he has almost more than 40 goals than second placed Dominic Oduro.
The 33-year old is showing no signs of slowing since joining Vancouver, as he has gotten off to a flying start, scoring twice in two games.
2 – Dominic Oduro – 63 Goals, 336 Games
(FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, Toronto FC, Montreal Impact)
Known for sporting some wacky dyed hairstyles over the years, Dominic Oduro has enjoyed over a decade of MLS Football.
It’s been quite a nomadic experience, but Oduro has produced at every club he has played for, chipping in with goals from the wing.
His performances earnt himself a call-up to Ghana’s friendly in the USA against Chile in 2012, which remains his only appearance for his country.
3 – Fanendo Adi – 51 Goals, 114 Games
Portland Timbers’ highest ever goalscorer, Lagos-born Fanendo Adi has been a Fan Favourite in Oregon since joining in 2014. An initial loan spell from Danish side FC Copenhagen turned into a permanent deal, which has seen Adi win the MLS Cup in 2015.
The Timbers’ fourth ever Designated Player, Adi has been called up to the Nigerian squad in 2016 to face Egypt, but did not see any game time.
Prior to coming to America, Adi toured Europe, where he played in Slovakia, Ukraine and Denmark.
4 – Mamadou Diallo – 47 Goals, 74 Games
(Tampa Bay Mutiny, New England Revolution, MetroStars)
Diallo was one of the African forefathers in the MLS, and his record for goals in a single season has yet to be eclipsed by a fellow African.
Forming a formidable link with the eccentric Carlos Valderrama, who provided plenty of the assists for Diallo’s 26 goals. For his efforts that season, he was named “Scoring Champion” (Golden Boot winner) and named in the MLS Best XI.
After grabbing 35 goals in 50 games for Tampa Bay Mutiny, Diallo was traded to New England and MetroStars, before leaving for Saudi Arabia.
Internationally Diallo was a success – he grabbed 21 goals for Senegal in 46 games, which included appearances at the 1994 African Cup of Nations.
5 – Obafemi Martins – 40 Goals, 72 Games
Probably best known for his spells in Europe for Inter Milan and Newcastle, or his winner against Arsenal in the League Cup final for Birmingham, Martins spent two seasons in Washington with the Sounders.
Despite never winning the MLS Cup during his time in Seattle, Martins helped his side win the Supporter’s Shield and Open Cup. On a personal note, he was named in the MLS Best XI for 2014, won the Goal of the Year for the same season, and was an MLS All Star in 2015.
Honourable mention – Didier Drogba – 21 Goals, 33 Games
Another player more known for his European exploits than his stint Stateside, Drogba showed his prowess in his first season for Quebec side Montreal Impact.
His Canadian career ended sourly, after a falling out with the manager, but his strike-rate was impressive. Named in the MLS All Stars XI for 2016, as well as Player of the Month twice, Drogba definitely took the league by storm.