Jamaica will be without Red Bulls fullback Kemar Lawrence when it takes on on Suriname in a crucial Caribbean Cup qualifying match Sunday in Kingston, according to a Jamacian report.
With a win against Suriname, Jamaica advances to the 2017 Caribbean Cup and earns a spot in the 2017 Gold Cup. If they lose, they'll be sent to the fifth place playoff and face a very difficult road to the Gold Cup. It would be another disappointment for the Reggae Boyz, who also failed to advance out of the group stage at the Copa America and were eliminated from 2018 World Cup qualifying.
Lawrence sustained a hamstring injury in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Montreal Impact and did not appear in the second leg. The injury capped a bit of a disappointing season for the 24-year old, who struggled for both club and country while dealing with injuries and adjusting to a new back line.
Lawrence was one of the standouts after joining the Red Bulls in 2015. He established himself as one of the best left backs in MLS and strong performances for Jamaica generated transfer interest from teams in the English Premier League. Despite taking a step back this year, he remains an important part of the Red Bulls' high press scheme, which relies on advanced fullbacks that can contribute on both sides of the ball.