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3 goals that define Kei Kamara’s career in New England

A look back at the striker’s top tallies.

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Kei Kamara is off to Vancouver. After 48 starts and 19 goals with the Revolution, the MLS veteran will join the Whitecaps, his sixth American club in 11 professional seasons.

In Foxboro, Kamara showed flashes of the form that helped him win the MLS Golden Boot three years ago, though his playing style never seemed to align with the Revolution system. Now rebuilding under Brad Friedel, the Revs decided to part ways with the Sierra Leone international ahead of his third season with the team.

But while Kamara’s tenure will be marred by unmet expectations, he still finished his share of quality strikes while wearing navy and red. As the door closes on his career in New England, we cataloged his three most memorable goals:

Leaping finish vs. Orlando City

Sept. 2, 2017

There’s so much to love about this goal: the combination play by Caldwell and Nguyen, the flawless cross from Caldwell, the leaping finish and tumble by Kamara. It not only showed off Kamara’s ability to bag quality crosses, but also his raw athleticism and skill in the air. Kamara didn’t score as regularly as we all hoped, but he certainly converted his share of clever shots. - Nick

Low drive vs. Montreal (and the celebration that followed)

Oct. 23, 2016

Already up 2-0 in the 71st minute, Kamara helped ice the game when he beat Evan Bush with a low shot to the far post. It's a fine strike by a player who's most comfortable in the air but the celebration that followed is what I remember most. In an expression of pure joy, Kamara decided to twerk. Yes, you read that correctly. Although it shouldn't be viewed as his fault, Kamara's time in New England was underwhelming. That said, I'll miss his personality both on and off the field. - Seth

First goal for New England

July 2, 2016

Kei opened his goal-scoring account for New England with a 19th minute opener vs. the Montreal Impact on July 2, 2016. It came after a clever run off the center back's shoulder, after which he rifled home a slipped ball from Kelyn Rowe past Evan Bush at the near post. This goal wasn't typical Kamara (aerial dominance, athletic finish, etc.) by any means; rather, it showed that he could at times play some pretty darn attractive football. Kei's modus operandi is clearly staying within the width of the goalposts and finishing crosses, but he wasn't a one-trick pony either here in New England. - Jon

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