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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Goals and assists from African players in Major League Soccer and the USL Championship: September 13 & 14

Former Sierra Leone captain and CF Montréal striker Kei Kamara is 38 years old now but is still scoring goals and playing like when he joined Major League Soccer as a 21-year-old in 2006. Kamara scored two goals in the first half in a 2-1 win over Chicago Fire on Tuesday to help Montréal clinch a playoff spot in the league’s Eastern Conference, where he has been an excellent addition for the 2022 season after joining on a free transfer to give the club depth at the forward position. Kamara has scored eight goals and also added seven assists for a team that continues to exceed expectations and is closing in on Landon Donovan in second position on MLS’s all-time scoring chart by boosting his career goal total to 138 strikes.

Kamara’s starring role was one of two standout performances by African players in midweek MLS action with Senegalese forward Moussa Djitté also playing a crucial role. Djitté came on as a substitute and scored all three of Austin FC’s goals on Wednesday in a 3-0 shutout of Real Salt Lake to clinch the Texan club’s first ever MLS playoff appearance in their second season. The 22-year-old has struggled since joining last season but is making a name for himself as a specialist at coming off the bench.

All the goals from Kamara and Djitté are below as well as Albert Dikwa’s goal for Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Wednesday in the USL Championship’s lone match:

Major League Soccer

Moussa Djitté (Senegal) comes off the bench to score a hat-trick and help Austin FC clinch playoff spot in win over Real Salt Lake

Kei Kamara (Sierra Leone) scores twice and assists Montréal’s third goal in playoff-clinching victory over Chicago

USL Championship

Albert Dikwa (Cameroon) scores his tenth goal of the season in Pittsburgh’s defeat to Birmingham