Kei Kamara is on the move. No for real this time. According to Taylor Twellman and Jeffrey Carlisle, Kamara will be swapped to the New England Revolution. In return, the Columbus Crew get TAM, GAM, a first round pick in the 2017 superdraft, a second round pick in 2018 superdraft, and an international roster spot.
In return for this haul, New England have acquired the consistent and durable goal scoring threat that they’ve sorely been needing. Kei Kamara was tied for the league’s top scorer last season with 22 goals and should immediately slot in up top.
New England has been struggling in the early parts of this season, and have only managed to amass 11 points and 13 goals in their first ten matches. While all of Agudelo, Fagundez, and Charlie Davies have shown signs of promise, they’ve still only managed to tally 4 times collectively this season.
Columbus clearly wanted to wash their hands of whatever was going on behind the scenes with Kei Kamara. Kamara had just signed a DP contract through 2018 in the offseason, and at the time, looked to be a focal point of the Columbus attack for a few years to come. Columbus hasn’t received a player in return like they were rumored to have been close to doing last night in a proposed deal with Vancouver, but what they have gotten is a ton of roster flexibility. With the passing of the international deadline, it’s unlikely that Berhalter will be able to use that flexibility until later this summer, and it remains to be seen just how long they’ll leave that DP slot open.
Berhalter had this to say about Kei's departure:
"Kei had a memorable 2015 season and we recognize and understand how popular and productive he was.” So this decision was not one we made lightly. Our actions will always reflect the values of our club.We believe this transaction will improve our competitiveness this year and in future years."
Does this deal make sense for both sides? It might. We probably won’t fully be able to see how Columbus’ side of things work out until much later. For the New England Revolution, they just became a much better, and much more dangerous team. The Eastern Conference just got a whole lot more interesting.
Columbus owner Anthony Precourt had this to say: