Kemar Lawrence has made 44 international appearances for Jamaica. (Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY Sports)
HARRISON, N.J. — Red Bulls left back Kemar Lawrence has been called up by the Jamaica national team for a Jan. 31 friendly against World Cup-bound South Korea, the Jamaican Football Federation announced Wednesday.
Lawrence, who is training with the Reggae Boyz, will join the Red Bulls’ preseason came after the friendly, which will be held in the resort city of Antalya, Turkey on the Mediterranean Sea.
The 27-year-old Lawrence is coming off an outstanding year for club and country. He had his best Major League Soccer season with the Red Bulls with his solid defensive play and overlapping runs into the attack. He scored one goal and assisted on five others in 2,074 minutes over 24 games and 23 starts.
For Jamaica, Lawrence scored a memorable and dramatic free kick in the 88th minute that lifted his side to a stunning 1-0 over defending champion Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals. The defender has never attempted a free kick with the Red Bulls.
The 5-10, 160-lb. Lawrence has made 44 appearances for the Boyz, finding the net three times.