Sure, it’s preseason, but New England Revolution fans should be happy with Kei Kamara’s current form.
On Friday, Kamara scored his second goal in as many games. Three days after nodding home a Donnie Smith cross against Minnesota United FC, Kamara used his head to score against the New York Red Bulls. This time it was Lee Nguyen who earned the assist.
While these games don’t earn the Revs any points, they can have an effect on the regular season.
“I think it’s important that he gets confident scoring goals,” Head coach Jay Heaps said. “He’s scored them in different ways – the other day was out of the run of play, this one was off a set piece. Very good for him to feel the group, score different ways.”
When asked to explain his recent success, Kamara jokingly praised his haircut, saying “I just keep knocking it off the bun.” In reality, the veteran knows that it’s about the chemistry he’s building.
“Last year I joined the team a bit late, but as the season went on I started connecting more with the guys and obviously it’s good now that we’re connecting and building and them knowing where my strengths are,” Kamara commented.
After joining the Revs in May of last year, Kamara went through a transition period and didn’t score until his sixth game with the club. Although he would collect two tallies against the Montreal Impact that night, he would only score a total of seven goals while in Revs colors.
That’s now in the past though, and the new hope is that Kamara’s form continues into the regular season, which starts Mar. 4. This is something that Heaps fully believes will happen.
“The goals are going to come if he plays the way he’s playing,” Heaps said “He’s great on the ball right now, he’s working hard defensively, he’s creating things from his defensive pressure, and that’s key for us.”