May 28, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Sierra Leone and Columbus Crew striker, Kei Kamara, has been voted the U.S. Major League Soccer (MLS) ‘Player of the Week’ by the North American Soccer Reporters.
The former Norwich City striker’s recognition comes after scoring two goals in his side’s 2-2 draw with Chicago Fire last Friday in the ongoing MLS campaign.
The brace was Kamara’s eighth and ninth goal of the season in 11 matches and it was his third double in the campaign. He now leads the MLS goal scoring chart with two more goals ahead of Seattle Sounders striker, Clint Dempsey and San Jose Earthquake’s Chris Wondolowski.
Columbus Crew head coach, Gregg Berhalter, said he is impressed with the striker’s scoring form, adding that the forward is the perfect striker for their system.
“We’re happy for him,” Berhalter said. “I think we want to keep it going, keep him scoring. It is nice that he scored two goals. I’ve been saying all along that he’s the perfect striker in our system and he’s a guy that can be very successful, score a lot of goals. His movement last game I thought was pretty good.”
“I think he had the type of quality that we believed in,” Berhalter said when asked if Kamara has exceeded expectations. “That we thought he could do well, could perform. We knew within our system he’s going to get a lot of chances. We knew if he moved well, he’ll get the ball in good spots and that’s what’s happened.”
Kamara has now scored 61 career MLS goals, 14 with the Black and Gold jersey.