After a bouncing around MLS for the beginning of his career, Wizards striker Kei Kamara is having a breakout year with Kansas City and once again proved himself to be an important part of the team in the Wizards' 2-0 victory over Los Angeles.CARSON, Calif. -- Though it was against the Galaxy that striker Kei Kamara became an unwilling YouTube star for a flukey handball in front of the goal, the Kansas City Wizards player has bounced back from the gaffe to put together a very solid season. The forward came full circle at the place where he first made an impact on the soccer scene, since Kamara played for Cal State Dominguez Hills, the college whose campus adjoins the Galaxy’s home stadium in Carson, California.
Yet despite his impressive athleticism, the Sierra Leone player has struggled a bit to stick with a club. The Wizards are his fourth team in his four-year professional career.
However, he might have found the right fit with the Wizards, as current coach/technical director Peter Vermes was full of praise for Kamara after a 2-0 win over the Galaxy.
“Kei has been a great professional,” state Vermes. “He has a burning desire to be successful in the game.”
The player himself was mostly glad his team was playing, picking up momentum in the season, unlike the slumping Galaxy. "It’s just about winning games," Kamara said. "We’re pushing for the playoffs."
Kamara used his strength and speed to set up Davy Arnaud's opening goal and bring his assist total to three for the season, in addition to his eight goals. However, Vermes believes the 25-year-old still has more unrealized potential.
"He has the makings to be an excellent soccer player," claimed Vermes of Kamara.
He also wasn't dismayed by his Internet notoriety, not when this time around he and his team managed to beat the Galaxy. "It’s not about what happened in the past."
Kamara helped create the opening goal for the Wizards by spinning defender Todd Dunivant to the ground on the play and sending a quality assist to Arnaud. Kamara shrugged off the idea that he might have fouled Dunivant on the play. "I kept pushing them, they kept pushing me, it’s part of the game."
Though he has three assists in his last three games, Kamara wasn't looking to change his game to facilitate more of that. "I’m a goalscorer, I look to score goals." he asserted.
He also clearly relished his California homecoming. "I love it, I played here during my college years, my whole family is here."
The comfortable win for the Wizards was especially welcome given Kamara's next move - overseas to play internationally next Saturday, which means a 25 hour flight. "I'm playing for my national team against Egypt," Kamara explained.
Wherever he goes, though, Kamara can rely on his tenacity and newfound nose for goal to forge a successful career for himself and bring success to his team.
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