INSIDE THE 18: Kemar Lawrence Returns to XI


Fresh off a Gold Cup run with Jamaica, Kemar Lawrence is back in the Starting XI for the New York Red Bulls as they face off against Atlanta United FC.

Derrick Etienne Jr. is also back with the team, and is available off the bench for Head Coach Chris Armas.

Etienne Jr. led Haiti to its first appearance in the Gold Cup semifinal as he started three of the five matches, tallying one assist in 304 minutes. Lawrence started and played all five Gold Cup matches to help lead his squad to a semifinal appearance against the USMNT.

Lawrence will start alongside Amro Tarek, Sean Nealis and Kyle Duncan.

Tim Parker remains sidelined with a foot injury.

Sean Davis and Cristian Casseres Jr. start in the defensive midfield, while Daniel Royer, Marc Rzatkowski and Alex Muyl push forward.

Brian White starts at forward for New York, while Luis Robles captains the side and starts in goal.

Armas will have Etienne Jr., Connor Lade, Omir Fernandez, Mathias Jørgensen, Tom Barlow and Bradley Wright-Phillips available off the bench. Ryan Meara will serve as the backup goalkeeper.

Kaku and Michael Amir Murillo are suspended for the match following red cards in the team's previous match.

Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. EST with coverage on FOX, FOX Sports Go, and New York Red Bulls Radio on TuneIn.

New York is unbeaten (5-0-1) when featured on national television, including a 1-0-1 mark when televised on a FOX affiliate (T, 2-2 v. SKC; W, 1-0 v. ATL, both on FS1). The Red Bulls-Atlanta matchup will be broadcasted on national television for the sixth consecutive time, the first of which featured on FOX.

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