When Columbus Crew SC announced the signing of Kei Kamara, the club knew it was getting a good player who would help them score goals in 2015, but no one expected this good.
Kamara has slotted into the Black & Gold lineup and scored 20 goals in 28 games. He is in rare company, becoming just the 16th player in Major League Soccer history to reach the 20-goal mark in one season. He also became the second Crew SC player to score that many goals in a season after Stern John scored 26 in 1998.
Let's take a look at Kamara's landmark goal against the Philadelphia Union and see exactly how it went down.
It all starts with Tony Tchani picking up a loose ball in the middle of the field. Tchani plays it one-time out wide looking for playmaker Federico Higuain. Higuain doesn't take the best touch, as Fabinho makes the tackle, but the defender's touch falls into the path of the overlapping right back, Harrison Afful.
Afful takes a good first touch into space, taking him inside the Union's penalty area. He plays a low cross cutting across the top of the six-yard box and forcing the defenders to back track. Per usual, Kamara is making a back post run, this time sliding to get on the end of the cross.
The goal almost did not happen as defender Steven Vitoria slid to block Kamara's shot. Had he not, the effort would have likely gone right to a diving Zac MacMath, but instead deflect off Vitoria and into the corner.
It was an excited goal in Crew SC history scored by a player who has made the most of his second stint with the club. Kamara is now seven goals back of tying the league record for goals in a season with five games to play. Can he make get to the record? Can he break it? Let us know your predictions in the comment section below.