Player Profile: Kamani Hill

April 28, 2012; Commerce City, CO, USA; Colorado Rapids forward Kamani Hill (13) reacts after his goal during the second half against Chivas USA at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The Colorado Rapids defeated Chivas USA 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Kamani Helekunihi Hill was born December 28th, 1985 in Berkley, CA. He was named the #1 recruit in the nation by Soccer America when he was in high school at Berkley HS. Hill was a member of the US U-20 national team that played in South Korea and Northern Ireland in 2004. At Berkley HS Hill was a scoring machine. From his sophomore through his senior year hill scored 115 goals and another 18 goals during his freshman year. During that time he also was very skilled at getting assists, having 70 of them (meaning he was responsible for 203 goals in his four year high school career).

After high school Hill attended the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). His freshman year he was an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention. While he scored just two goals in that time, he was second on the team with five assists. During his sophomore year he was named first team All-Pac-10 with seven goals (four of which were game winners) and eight assists.

After his sophomore year went to Germany for a trial with VfL Woflsburg of the Bundesliga and signed a contract with them in November 2006. After a two-year stint in Wolfsburg that say Hill spend the majority of his time on the second team; he had trials with a team in Norway and Vitoria Guimaraes (a team from Portugal) where he signed a three-year contract.

In 2010 he was released and returned to the United States where he trained with the San Jose Earthquakes. In March of 2012 Hill signed with the Colorado Rapids. Hill has played in 15 games for the Rapids this year starting just one of those games. He has 12 shots 5 of them on goal with 3 goals and 1 assist so far this season.
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