After participating in Jamaica’s January camp, defender Kemar Lawrence returned to Red Bulls camp on Friday, February 2.
After a long offseason, Lawrence was excited to rejoin his teammates in Florida.
“It is good to be back home,” Lawrence said. “I think I am ready for the role to lead and I think I am free mentally so I just want to settle in and get everything rolling right now.”
For Head Coach Jesse Marsch, getting a veteran defender back in camp is a boost for his team.
“It is great having Kemar back,” Marsch said. “He is always such a good personality and a big personality within our team. He is obviously a big player here and we love having him here and he is another guy that completes our team a bit.”
Goalkeeper Luis Robles seconded Marsch’s sentiments, saying Lawrence is a “guy in the locker room that everyone loves.”
“He brings it each and every day and he is one of the best left defenders in the league,” Robles said. “For us to have him back in camp is great from a personality standpoint, but as he fits into our backline we know that adding him into the backline makes us stronger.”
The outside back said he feels, “between 60-70 percent fit,” after a good camp with Jamaica, but is ready to step in and become a veteran leader in the team, starting with tomorrow’s exhibition against the Philadelphia Union.
“It is about leading, trying to step up into that role this year and really leading the group and more so the backline,” Lawrence said. “Also, trying to get more assists than I did last year, get through this game and get a win to build up some good vibes moving forward.”