Middlesbrough Football Club have this evening parted company with Kei Kamara whose contract has been cancelled by mutual consent.
The Club would like to thank Kei for his efforts over the last 12 months and wish him every success in his future career.
With that statement from Middlesbrough, former Sporting Kansas City star Kei Kamara became a free agent. It is unknown what Kamara's plans are but if he plans on returning to MLS he will presumably have to go through the allocation process (assuming MLS follows their own rules). Kamara's old club Columbus is at the top of the order currently.
Sporting KC transferred Kamara to Middlesbrough last September for what they termed as a substantial transfer fee at that time. It was quietly rumored to be over 2 million dollars and SKC should have received two-thirds of the transfer fee to use as allocation money. It is believed that some of that transfer fee helped re-sign Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to DP contracts.
Middlesbrough became interested in Kamara when he jumped up the scoring charts after he returned from a successful spell with Norwich.
Kamara angered some Boro fans in June when he tweeted the following.
So as u may or may not know by now I play for Middlesbrough FC & represent my nation Sierra Leone. I have had Malaria for a week now. Not fun.
Now I am feeling better it’s time to say: ‘Thank you MFC & SLFA for doing NOTHING.
Kei added that it was a blessing he was in Kansas during his illness where "folks" cared for him. The relationship with their fans never seemed to get better and some of them have been "rather negative" with the news of his departure.
If Sporting KC could get him, should they? It could and would affect playing time for Soony Saad, Sal Zizzo, Toni Dovale and Jacob Peterson but there has been nobody with his aerial presence since he left.