Season Review

2019 Rapids Report Card: Kei Kamara

ROLEBox-to-Box Striker
SQUAD STATUSStarter
KEY 2019 STATS14 G, 1 A, 5 aerial duels won/90
OVERALL GRADEA

Season in a Sentence

The thirty-five year old striker shattered expectations and proved himself once more to be a formidable forward in MLS.

Performance Review

No matter who was in charge of the Colorado Rapids over the past season, at least one thing was constant: Kei Kamara scored goals. His tally of fourteen ranked eighth among MLS goalscorers in 2019 – no small feat in a league known primarily for spending lopsided sums on attacking players. When you factor in his penchant for bailing out the defense on set pieces, it makes you wonder why Vancouver were willing to let him lapse into the expansion draft. It’s even more bizarre to consider that goal-starved F.C. Cincinnati were willing to accept a mere international slot (commonly traded for around $150-200k xAM) in exchange for his services.

Future Expectations

Kamara’s got one more year under contract with the Rapids, but will likely feature less in 2020 depending on the attacking talent brought in during the offseason. Regardless of his playing time, the only thing I can ask is that he be stripped of penalty kick duties.

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