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Sporting Kansas City dumps Kei Kamara

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Kei Kamara has been one of Sporting KC's top goal scorers in recent years, resurrecting his career after unsuccessful stints with other Major League Soccer squads. Kamara's rising star in the powder-blue kit was enough to catch the attention of top-tier English squad Norwich City, which rented Kamara for a handful of games in the English Premier League at the outset of Sporting's 2013 season. His departure was a sad one for local fans who appreciated Kamara's goals and his exuberance. After about three months, Norwich sent Kamara back to KC, and he returned a somewhat changed player. During a game in Chicago, cameras caught Sporting coach Peter Vermes laying into his striker, who seemed to look as though he'd rather be anywhere else. Sporting KC took a deal to have Kamara go to Middlesborough, a middling British squad, in return for a rumored $600,000 or so. The move was a shrewd one for Sporting, given Kamara's popularity, but it was the right one.

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