Kemar Lawrence is expected to rejoin the Red Bulls in Kansas City. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

HANOVER, N.J. — Kemar Lawrence has endured a rollercoaster ride the past few days.

The Jamaican international left back scored the game-winning goal in the Red Bulls’ 2-1 home victory over the Chicago Fire Saturday.

He also was evaluated for a concussion during the encounter at Red Bull Arena before he was cleared by the Major League Soccer club.

“We had all our medical team check on him all last week,” Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch told reporters after practice at the Red Bulls training facility. “He came through fine.”

And on Monday, he left the team to attend his grandmother’s funeral in Jamaica.

“We’re happy he’s OK and we hope he gets through the next couple of days in a good way,” Marsch said.

Lawrence is expected to rejoin the team in Kansas City Tuesday for Wednesday night’s encounter at Sporting Kansas City.

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