Tuesday marked the official final day of the Columbus Crew SC season. The Black & Gold players and coaches met for the last time at the EAS Training Center in Obetz to pack up their things, have a final meeting, and head into the offseason.
While there was a lot to come out of the last player interviews of 2015, a few things stood out specifically, namely dealing with who will be back and future plans.
Crew SC's leading goal scorer Kei Kamara stepped up to the microphone and dropped a bomb on the media members in attendance.
"I'm about to make an announcement. I'm retiring," he said with a laugh.
"I would have done that if we won that if we'd won the Cup by the way. Just letting you know."
Was he serious? That was the follow up question at the end of the interview.
"Yes," he said when asked. "I'm going straight to Hollywood, star actor."
Kei is always joking, even when he's being serious.
"It's not a joke," he continued. "I would have done that, but oh well. It's time to play for another one so we'll see what happens there."
At 31-years old and with a new child at home, there is some logic to Kamara's thoughts. Had he finally won a championship, he could have gone out on top and spent time with his young family after a demanding career.
He followed up that he plans on continuing to play until he wins an MLS Cup, so you still have at least one more year of Kamara Black & Gold fans.
Another player who could garner some interest from clubs around the world is midfielder Wil Trapp. The 22-year old was asked of his intentions moving forward.
"Am I coming back," he repeated the question. "As of now, yeah. I'm planning on. I'm going to take a little vacation first and relax, but yeah."
One player that wasn't quite as convincing was midfielder Justin Meram. Although he said he loves the guys in the locker room and has talked in the past about how these last two years have been the best of his career, the winger certainly left the door open for a departure.
"I don't know," he said when asked if he expects to be back next year. "We'll see."
After becoming a regular with the Iraq national team over the last year and having success with Columbus these last two seasons, Meram could attract interest from clubs outside of the United States.
A lot can and will happen throughout the course of the offseason and nothing is guaranteed. Things said walking out the door don't mean they are set in stone.
After a successful run this year that will leave a sour taste in the Crew SC mouths, the plan is to keep the core group intact and make another run for MLS Cup next season.
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