Red Bulls sign Jamaican International Kemar Lawrence

HARRISON – The New York Red Bulls announced the signing of 22-year-old Jamaican international Kemar Lawrence Monday afternoon, pending a physical, approval of a p-1 Visa and receipt of International Transfer Certificate.

“We’re delighted to be able to add Kemar to our club,” said Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis in a club statement. “He is a promising young player with experience at a big club in Jamaica and with the national team. His style of play fits with what we’re trying to establish here.”

Per league policy, details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Lawrence is a product of Harbour View FC. Signing with the Jamaican club in 2007, and breaking into the senior team in 2011, Lawrence made 50 appearances in the Jamaican National Premier League, helping his side to a title in 2013.  His play has earned him 13 caps with the Jamaican National Team.

Lawrence shores up one of the most suspect areas in the Red Bull starting XI.  Depth is in short quantity after Roy Miller.  Like Ambroise Oyongo a year prior, Lawrence gives the Red Bulls a quick and youthful option on the backline when Miller is not available.

Another Oyongo connection is his demand on the national level.  Miller is a near certainty for Gold Cup minutes with Costa Rica this year.  If Lawrence is called by Jamaica and both advance, New York will be in quite the quandary.

But those are problems for another time.  After a long preseason with the club, Lawrence is looking forward to the stage ahead.

“It is a step in the right direction, and thanks to all my team-mates, coaches, club, agent, family and friends,” said Lawrence in a statement. “It was possible because they stuck around and kept their prayers going day after day, saying that there is going to be a breakthrough.”

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  • Sammy

    the final piece of the puzzle…now we are on to the promised land

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