Colorado Springs, CO (December 17, 2019) – The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced today that the club has signed Mamadi Camara, pending USL Championship and USSF approval.
"Mamadi had a fantastic college career and was deservedly drafted high last year in MLS. Unfortunately, things did not work out for him to be signed by the [San Jose] Earthquakes, but this has provided us with the opportunity to bring in a supreme athlete with excellent technical ability that is hungry to impress," said Switchbacks Head Coach, Alan Koch. "I look forward to seeing how Mamadi adjusts to the professional game and am excited about welcoming him to Colorado Springs."
Camara, 24, last played for Simon Fraser University before being drafted in the second round, 46th overall, by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. After captaining SFU his senior year, Camara finished his college career with 29 goals and 20 assists in 69 games. The attacking midfielder was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America First Team and GNAC Player of the Year in 2018, after totaling nine goals and 13 assists his senior year.
"I am very grateful to be a part of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks organization. I am excited to begin this journey and help the team achieve a successful season," said Mamadi Camara. "I want to thank Alan Koch and the entire organization for this amazing opportunity!"
Name: Mamadi Camara
Pronunciation: Ma-ma-dee Ka-mar-ah
Position: Midfielder / Forward
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Date of Birth: February 25, 1995
Hometown: Montreal, QC
Defenders: Kris Reaves
Midfielders: Rony Argueta, Mamadi Camara
Forwards: Austin Dewing