Columbus Crew SC had announced today that star forward Kei Kamara has been voted MLS Player of the Week by organization the North American Soccer Reporters, which are the official voters for MLS honors. Kamara had recieved this honor for Week 12 of the 2015 MLS Season, following his two-goal performance vs the Chicago Fire last Friday night.
The Sierra Leone native’s brace was enough to propel him into the sole possession of first place in the league for goals, leading with 9 over Seattle Sounders’ Clint Dempsey and San Jose Earthquakes Chris Wondolowski, who each have 7. Kamara immediately has shown his presence in the MLS is here to stay and is a force to be reckoned with. It will be interesting to see if he can lead this team up the Eastern Conference ladder and potentially into a qualifying Champion’s League team. Crew SC currently sits in 4th place in the conference, just 7 points away from a Supporters Shield.
The opportunity seems like one you can bet your money on, with midfielder Ethan Finlay now turning his season around quickly and helping Kamara with assists, notching second place in the MLS with 6 of them. Finlay has gotten 2 of those assists in the past 3 games. He had a brace for himself last month versus Philadelphia Union as well.
As for Kamara’s recent play, it’s been nothing short of spectacular. In last Friday’s match his first goal came early on in the 8th minute following a centering pass from none other than Finlay himself. His second wouldn’t come until next half, when in the 55th minute he scored off of a corner kick.
Kamara will be battling against a completely different opponent tomorrow night as Crew SC faces Valencia CF in a friendly. Valencia is known as one of the best teams in the history of La Liga, the top professional soccer league of Spain. Kickoff is at 7:30PM at MAPFRE Stadium.
Note: The North American Soccer Reporters are a panel of respected journalists who vote on MLS Player of the Week. Their website is unfortunately down, but you can follow them on twitter @soccerreporters.