Tuesday, June 2, 2015

6.2.2015: Why Crew Fans Are So Grateful For Kei

KEI KAMARA.. It's fair to say there hasn't been a Columbus Crew striker in a very long time that has been this prolific.

At one time the Columbus erector set overflowed'eth with fantastic strikers that did what forwards were supposed to do, score. We had Stern John (55 appearances, 44 goals), Brian McBride (161 appearances, 62 goals), Jeff Cunningham (182 appearances, 62 goals), and even at times a motivated Edson Buddle (106 appearances, 42 goals).

Since then it's been rough, when it comes to prolific.

There's been your loveable and often effective; but, not extremely prolific strikers like Alejandro Moreno (74 appearances, 20 goals)..

Your semi-respectable in the numbers department, but not so much in anything else, strikers like Andres Mendoza (40 appearances, 15 goals).

Then we've had those "big name" strikers, like Sergio Herrera, that well never played a league game and were not so "big name" after all (1 appearance, 0 goals).

In the curious case of Sergio Herrera, awkwardly, the coach decided he was god awful after he signed him. So bad in fact, he wouldn't tarnish his reputation by giving him more than a minute of playing time. Ouch.
Except we did. We had a first round draft pick and didn't give him a chance. Released him before the season. A draft pick who ended up eventually scoring for the Nigerian national team.

We've had strikers with some bright spots. The Bash Brothers, Jason Garey and Steven Lenhart, who were fun. Had their ups and downs. But, could've been better in front of goal.

28 goals in 146 appearances between them wasn't enough. Yet, there's much, much worse strike rates as you will soon see.

Robert not happy..

We've had guys that you thought might become prolific.

But, just ended up being prolific strippers (69 appearances, 16 goals).

*Sorry for this, lol. Actually liked Renteria. Maybe he has a modeling career.

Or just ended up having prolific speed and hair (45 appearances, 13 goals).
Or who were, despite talent, prolifically inconsistent like Jairo Arrieta (67 appearances, 17 goals).
We've had other guys such as Bundesliga 3 star Ryan Coiner (3 appearances, 0 goals), who people probably don't even remember.

And then guys who were supposed to make an impact like Ryan Finley (14 appearances, 1 goal), but couldn't even make that impact for the Dutch Lions (4 appearances, 0 goals). *Probably should just stay away from Ryan's (see Ryan Junge as well).

There's been Jamal Sutton (9 appearances, 1 goal) and Marcus Storey (12 appearances, 0 goals).

There's been German fifth division star Jacob Thomas (28 appearances, 2 goals).
There's been Ohh-man Vargas (11 appearances, 1 goal).

Oh, and how do you forget the MLS stalwarts/answers to all our problems, Nico Hernandez (5 apperances, 0 goals) and Andy Herron (18 appearances, 4 goals).

The Andy Herron "Not So" Collective Card
Then there was everyone's favorite Star Wars character look-a-like, Joseph Ngwenya (25 appearances, 5 goals):
Finally, who can't forget everyone's favorite record breaker, Ante Razov (7 appearances, 1 goal):
 So, take a minute to be thankful Crew fans.


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