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Rapids Head Coach Robin Fraser confirms Kei Kamara move

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While the club has not made an official announcement, Fraser commented on the trade during today’s media availability.

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Friday kicked off with some surprising news from Ives Galarcep: The Colorado Rapids are trading Kei Kamara to Minnesota United FC.

Jeff Carlisle of ESPN added that the Rapids will get $150,000 in general allocation money and a 2022 second-round pick in return.

While the club has not made an official announcement, Head Coach Robin Fraser commented on the trade during today’s media availability, saying that “It became evident it was time to go our separate ways. We wish Kei well. We have a lot of faith in Diego Rubio and Andre Shinyashiki. They’ll get more opportunities this way.”

Kamara had only started two of the last eight games for the Rapids, tallying two goals and one assist. He was an unused sub against Real Salt Lake and did not travel to the game against FC Dallas.

The move makes sense for both sides, considering Kamara’s contract with Colorado was up at the end of the year and Minnesota is in need of help with their attack. Getting something for a striker they weren’t really using is better than just letting his contract run out and someone picking him up for free in the offseason. Moving Kamara allows Shinyashiki and Rubio to step up as forwards and also opens space on the wings for other players, like Nicolas Benezet and Jonathan Lewis.

The Loons will be Kamara’s 8th team in his MLS career, joining Dominic Oduro for playing with the most clubs.