Kemar Lawrence picks up injury while with Jamaica

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

The New York Red Bulls can’t catch a break — even on a bye-week.

Clearly hampered during Jamaica’s 3-0 loss to Costa Rica, fullback Kemar Lawrence was forced off the field in the second half of the encounter with an apparent injury.

Team boss Jesse Marsch addressed the situation with reporters Wednesday afternoon, offering very little on the situation — other than the promise of a thorough evaluation for his star defender.

“We haven’t spoken to him yet,” Marsch said. “He’s supposed to get back earlier this afternoon.

“He came out in the 62nd minute. I watched the game. It looked like maybe he had a little something so we have to evaluate to him see where he’s at. I’m not sure on that one yet. We’ll know later this afternoon and tomorrow.”

Lawrence’s availability – or lack thereof – presents the Red Bulls with a unique issue. Starters Gideon Baah and Ronald Zubar will not be available for Friday’s encounter against the Revolution as both make their way back from hamstring problems. Damien Perrinelle continues to work his way back from offseason surgery as well.

That leaves Marsch with few options at centerback. One probable starter could be MLS Draft pick Zach Carroll. “Zack from preseason has done well so that is definitely an option there,” Marsch said. “It would be a big task to put him in a game like that but we have always showed belief in our young guys.”

Karl Ouimette, who did not feature in any match for Canada during the international break, will be available for selection.

As for Kemar Lawrence? The Red Bulls are in a holding pattern until a clearer picture emerges.

“We will see how Kemar is feeling and make a decision from there,” Marsch said.