Kemar Lawrence had plenty to be thankful for Saturday night. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Kemar Lawrence certainly showed that he didn’t allow missing a rare and golden goal-scoring opportunity to get him down.

After booting his first-half attempt into the Red Bull Arena, the Jamaican international left back came back to tally the winning goal in the Red Bulls’ 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire Saturday night.

For that goal, Lawrence Monday was named winner the’s goal of the week.

He was honored for the week ending on Sunday, April 30.

Lawrence, who missed his first opportunity in the 13th minute,  took advantage of a spot-on pass from center back Damien Perrinelle and slotted one past goalkeeper Jorge Bava on the left side in the 71st minute.

Asked whether he thought Lawrence was going for goal or decided to pass, Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch replied, “I’ll let him tell you that. But I’ll also say this: He played a ball that was similar to that in Atlanta, right, and it ended up in an own goal. Whether it was — that’s part of the idea when you play balls like that is to make them threatening but also potentially balls that can go into the goal.

“So I’ll let him answer that but it was a good play and you know, I mean, Brad [Wright-Phillips] was a little bit unlucky not to get on the end of it. We were a little lucky it went through his legs. It’s a dangerous ball, dangerous ball.”

Lawrence left the locker room before reporters could ask him that question.


Video courtesy of the Red Bulls’ Facebook page goal of the week winners

Week 1 (March 6) — Daniel Royer (New York Red Bulls)

Week 2 (March 13) — David Villa (New York City FC)

Week 3 (March 20) — Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)

Week 4 (March 27) — Vincent Bezecourt (New York Red Bulls II)

Week 5 (April 3) — New York City FC (Tommy McNamara, Ronald Matarrita, David Villa, Alexander Callens)

Week 6 (April 10) — New York Cosmos (Danny Szetela, Ryan Richter)

Week 7 (April 17) — David Villa (New York City FC)

Week 8 (April 24) — Javi Marquez (New York Cosmos)

Week 9 (May 1) — Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls)

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at