On Saturday, Columbus Crew SC travel to the New England Revolution for the first meeting of the year between the two Eastern Conference rivals. An early May trade of Kei Kamara to the Revs may have escalated that rivalry and this will be the first time the forward will see his former side.
After scoring 22 goals in his return season to Columbus and Major League Soccer, it seemed unlikely there would be another another disappointing divorce between player and club, but a poor relationship between Federico Higuain and Kamara, in addition to an on-field disagreement over who would take a penalty as Kamara sought his first career hat trick, saw Kei moved and Columbus searching for offensive answers.
If you thought there would be bad blood between current Crew SC players and the Black & Gold’s 2015 Most Valuable Player, you were mistaken.
Following Kei’s first two goals for his new club, Kamara was named to the MLS Team of the Week. Meanwhile, Ola Kamara, who replaced Kei as the Crew SC striker, scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season and was also named to this week’s best. Ola took to Twitter to reminisce about what could have been.
The joke was not lost on Kei, who clearly holds no ill will to at least some of his teammates.
Ola is not the only current Columbus player to interact with Kei on social media. Crew SC midfielder Mohammed Saeid and Kei became close friends in their one season together and the relationship has not spoiled.
Whether he wants it or not, Kei has kept up with the goings on with the Black & Gold. Shortly after the forward’s departure, Ola scored his first hat trick for Crew SC, a feat Kei very much wanted to accomplish.
Thank you for those stats. I had no idea https://t.co/NFjYR9qj52— KEI KAMARA (@keikamara) May 29, 2016
Don't worry I enjoy good banter.— KEI KAMARA (@keikamara) May 29, 2016
I WILL SEE YALL S N. https://t.co/lvV4tUB2Pw
Soon is now sooner as Kei will see his former team this weekend at Gillette Stadium. We’ll keep an eye on Kamara’s social media, but rest assured this week will be an interesting one.