Playmakers and strikers are supposed to be on the same page. Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain might not even be reading the same book.
The Columbus Crew were dealt their latest bitter blow of the season on Saturday when they allowed a three-goal lead to slip away in a 4-4 draw at home against the Montreal Impact. Former Columbus forward Dominic Oduro capped the Impact’s comeback with a 93rd-minute goal, and the Crew moved to just nine points on the year to sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
While the meltdown at Mapfre Stadium was a big talking point, so too was the incident that occurred between Kamara and Higuain early in the second half.
In the 53rd minute with the score at 3-1, Ethan Finlay drew a penalty kick that Kamara wanted to take in an attempt to record his first career hat-trick. Higuain refused to give Kamara the ball, however, and the two of them had a lengthy debate as to who would take the spot kick before captain Michael Parkhurst came over to help put an end to the dispute.
Higuain was the player who took the penalty and converted it, and Kamara was frustrated with the Argentine in the moment and after the match because of that.
“That’s selfish,” Kamara told reporters after the game. “That’s not teammates. That’s selfishness.”
Kamara did not leave it at just that. The 31-year-old forward said he lost out on the MLS Golden Boot last year because he did not take the penalty kicks that Higuain claimed, and also stated that there is no real chemistry between them as evidenced by the lack of assists that Higuain has on Kamara’s goals during their time together as teammates.
“I really haven’t had to depend on (Higuain) at all,” Kamara said. “How long have I been here? How many goals have I scored? How many have come from his assists? One, maybe two, so I don’t depend on him. I depend on Ethan and my outside backs to pass me balls.”
“The relationship with my playmaker … there is none,” Kamara added. “I never have to worry about it.”
Higuain, 31, did not speak after the match, leaving the locker room before the media made its way in.