Kei Kamara was leading the golden boot race by the comfortable margin of three before Sunday’s MLS game of the week. However, after the dust settled from NYCFC and Toronto’s 4-4 draw Kamara’s lead was suddenly only one.
Two of his fellow competitors, Sebastian Giovinco and David Villa had performances deserving of their lofty status within the MLS community and the enormous salaries they both enjoy. Giovinco, despite missing a penalty early in the match was able to complete a hat trick before the half time whistle. As for Villa, he was able to net two goals, but would certainly be disappointed not to come away with more. Villa had numerous opportunities as well, including a missed penalty.
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The bad new for Crew SC fans is that Toronto, Giovinco’s team has two games in hand giving the diminutive Italian more opportunities to score than Kamara. Giovinco also has the absences of Jozy Altidore and Micheal Bradley for the next few weeks playing in his favor as he will be the focal point of the Toronto attack. As we saw yesterday it seemed as if the entire game plan was to give the ball the Giovinco and let him beat the slow NYCFC back line to the goal. Without the U.S. National team stars, it is unlikely to change Toronto’s game plan for the next few matches.
Villa can expect the additions of Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo to boost his opportunities in front of goal. Pirlo, in particular, has been known throughout his career for being a player adept at picking out his teammates in front of goal. The hope for Kamara’s sake is once these two stars join the squad the penalty taking responsibility will be distributed a little more evenly.
It is very reasonable to expect Kamara to continue to bang in goals regularly. As long as he has the talent of Federico Higuain, Ethan Finlay, and Justin Meram expect chances to be plentiful. If Kamara can convert a slightly higher percentage of his chances, he can still find himself at the top of the golden boot race come season’s end.