Jamaican footballer among the best in USA
Kemar Lawrence, a seasoned Jamaican international, has been named in the USA’s Major League Soccer (MLS) Best XI for 2018.
The New York Bulls full-back helped his side register the tightest defence in the division this season, conceding just 33 goals in 34 matches.
Lawrence, a former Harbour View star in Jamaica’s Red Stripe Premier League, became a brand ambassador for Pepsi alongside such superstars as Lionel Messi in 2014.
He made the move to the US in 2015, and now proudly joins compatriots Donovan Ricketts (2010) and Andre Blake (2016) as being formally recognised as a MLS elite player.
Success is obviously in his blood as 26-year-old Lawrence is the son of late goalkeeping great Orville ‘Tutus’ Edwards, who donned his gloves for Santos FC in Jamaica and for the Boyz during a glittering career in the 1970s.
Lawrence played for Jamaica at U17 and U20 level before making his senior debut against Trinidad & Tobago in Montego Bay in November 2013.
And Gerardo Martino, the Argentinian coach at Atlanta United has been named as MLS Coach of The Year. Romario Williams, another of the Boyz and named after the legendary Brazilian footballer, Romario, has been plying his trade at Atlanta United since last year.
But Williams will not play for Jamaica in Saturday’s CONCACAF Nations League encounter with Suriname at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
Lawrence, with 45 international caps, has yet to concede in the competition, with the Boyz slow off the blocks to beat the Cayman Islands 4-0 but romping to a 6-0 success over Bonaire.
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