Kemar Lawrence has been a pillar of stability at left back for the Red Bulls. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls signed Jamaican international Kemar Lawrence to a new MLS contract, the club announced Tuesday morning.
Lawrence, who has made 117 appearances across all competitions for the club, signed a multi-year deal to remain in New York. Terms of the contract were not released.
“Kemar has continued to grow as both a player and person here, and has earned this new contract,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said. “He is one of the best outside backs in our league, and his strengths make him a perfect fit for our team and our style of play. Kemar has played a key role in our success over the last few seasons and we’re pleased to have him continue to be part of our club.”
The 26-year-old Lawrence has been a reliable defender for the Red Bulls, appearing in 93 of the possible 138 league matches, only missing time to represent the Jamaican national team. In MLS, the Kingston, Jamaica native has recorded four goals and 10 assists, including two game-winning goals and seven game-winning assists. Outside of league play, Lawrence has started 21 of the 24 matches he has competed in with two assists.
“Kemar has worked hard to establish himself as one of the best left backs in the league,” head coach Chris Armas said. “He takes pride in his one-on-one defending, he plays for the team, and continues to improve. Kemar is also fearless and we love the personality he adds to our team. This new contract is well deserved.”
Lawrence has also cemented himself as a Jamaican National team starter. The Reggae Boyz left back has accrued 47 appearances, including 45 starts, since his national team debut during 2013 Concacaf World Cup qualification. He has recorded three goals and five assists, appearing in Copa America and CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the Reggae Boyz reached the final in 2015 and 2017.
Lawrence and the Red Bulls are home on Sunday at 1 p.m. to host Atlanta United FC in a battle of MLS’ top two teams.