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Kei Kamara Reflects on Time in New England, Matt Turner
“You could see the potential in Matt when I played with him in New England back in those times in 2016."
It has been more than five years since Kei Kamara played for the New England Revolution and at age 38 he is showing no signs of slowing down.
Kamara was selected to the 2023 MLS All-Star roster by commissioner Don Garber, the second time the striker has been selected to an All-Star roster. He is the leading scorer for the Fire with five goals as they sit in 8th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
At the MLS All-Star training session on Tuesday, The striker reflected on his time in New England where made 52 appearances and tallied 19 goals.
“I can't miss anyone. You know, I just love where I'm playing and share my love and move on. But, you know, scoring the goals when I was there, it was an amazing time in New England,” Kamara told The Blazing Musket. “But I was actually looking forward to playing against Matt Turner tomorrow.”
During his time with the Revs, Kamara got to witness the birth of a U.S. Soccer Star. Turner was signed to New England after a preseason trial with the club in 2016 and while he was a third-string keeper at the time, Kamara said that he could see that Turner had the potential to become the player he is today.
“You could see the potential in Matt when I played with him in New England back in those times in 2016,” the striker stated. “You could see that he's a player that's going to grow and a player that's going to go places and he's such a humble guy. He deserves every achievement he's getting.”
The rest of course is history. Turner became the starter in New England and helped the club win a Supporter’s Shield in 2021 as well as becoming the starting goalkeeper for the United States Men’s National Team.
For Kamara, he has also found success in his career. In over 400 games played, the striker has 144 goals and will be looking to pass Chris Wondlowski (171) to become MLS’ all-time leading scorer.
While he has had called many club’s home, Kamara will always have a soft spot in the hearts of fans in New England who will surely be watching when the MLS All-Stars take on Arsenal on Wednesday night.