Simon Fraser College soccer participant Mamadi Camara (proper) is proven in a handout photograph. Camara was certainly one of six Canadians invited to the MLS Mix to showcase their abilities forward of Friday’s MLS SuperDraft in Chicago.

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He is moved from midfield to wing to striker, and now the SFU star is hoping to get snug with a brand new place: professional soccer participant.

On YouTube, Simon Fraser College merely calls it “Mamadi Camara’s superb aim.”

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Receiving the ball 40 yards away from aim, the Montreal ahead beats 5 Saint Martin’s College defenders after which coolly slots a right-footed shot previous the goalkeeper.

It was October 2015 and Camara was a freshman.

Quick ahead a bit greater than three years and Camara was certainly one of six Canadians invited to the MLS Mix to showcase their abilities forward of Friday’s MLS SuperDraft in Chicago.

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SFU was not Camara’s authentic school vacation spot. When Plan A — Southern New Hampshire College — fell by way of, he turned to SFU, which nonetheless had a gap.

Shifting to the west coast proved to be serendipity.

“It actually allowed me to determine myself as a person and a footballer as nicely,” Camara mentioned in an interview. “So it was all that I may want for.”

The six-foot-two 175-pounder is coming off a stellar season with the Clan, scoring 9 targets and including 13 assists. The SFU captain was named Nice Northwest Athletic Convention participant of the yr and was chosen to the United Soccer Coaches’ Division 2 all-America crew with SFU teammate Matteo Polisi.

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SFU (17-2-0) received its first 16 video games of the season, solely to see its season finish in a 1-Zero time beyond regulation loss to Cal Poly Pomona within the second spherical of the NCAA Division 2 event.

“We did all the things that we had anticipated and wished for, aside from successful all of it,” mentioned Camara, an economics and enterprise main.

SFU has historical past with Cal Poly Pomona, which additionally knocked it out of the 2016 event — that point through penalty shootout.

A midfielder when he arrived in Burnaby, Camara was shifted to winger. He wasn’t snug at first however spending the summer season of 2016 enjoying with Whitecaps FC 2 below Alan Koch (now head coach of MLS growth aspect FC Cincinnati) added to his confidence.

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He shifted to striker as a senior however says he nonetheless feels snug within the midfield. Camara, a fan of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, sees himself as a playmaker who may rating.

Camara, 23, completed his SFU profession with 29 targets and 20 assists in 69 video games.

Born in Guinea, Camara moved to Canada along with his household when he was 4. He performed his youth soccer with the Longueuil Soccer Membership and Champlain School in Quebec.

The final SFU participant taken within the MLS SuperDraft was striker Jovan Blagojevic, chosen by Vancouver within the third spherical (54th total) in 2015.

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