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Friday, June 25, 2021

Toronto FC acquires veteran Jamaican worldwide defender Kemar Lawrence

Toronto FC added some expertise to its backline Friday, buying Jamaican worldwide defender Kemar Lawrence from Belgium’s Anderlecht.

The 28-year-old performed below Toronto FC GM Ali Curtis, coach Chris Armas and assistant coach Ewan Sharp throughout their time with the New York Crimson Bulls.

Lawrence, who signed with Toronto via 2024, can play each left fullback and wingback.

“He is a really dynamic participant,” Curtis mentioned in an interview. “A participant that we have additionally had lots of historical past with as nicely simply by way of Chris and Ewan and myself.

“He is aware of the league nicely. It is’ at all times vital to have high quality and depth throughout the workforce, as a result of accidents occur and schedule congestion occurs. So we’re simply making an attempt to be as ready as attainable.”

“We expect Kemar helps us, makes us a greater workforce,” he added.

Lawrence is already in Florida with the workforce and will likely be completed his quarantine on Monday.

He joins Justin Morrow, Richie Laryea and Brazil’s Auro as choices at fullback.

Previous to the final two seasons with Anderlecht, Lawrence spent 5 seasons with the Crimson Bulls, making 146 appearances in all competitions with 5 targets and 12 assists.

He gained the Supporters’ Protect with Armas as coach in 2018 when he was named to the MLS Greatest XI.

“I consider that we’re a very good match for Kemar and that he enhances our roster nicely,” Armas mentioned in an announcement. “He provides expertise, depth and a defensive presence that’s fierce.”

Previous to becoming a member of MLS, the five-foot-10, 161 pound Lawrence spent 4 seasons with Jamaica’s Harbor View FC. He has gained 60 caps internationally for his nation.

Curtis is more likely to make just a few extra strikes to make the whole lot match on his roster.

“It isn’t simple, it is difficult,” he mentioned of the roster work. “Within the pandemic years, it is much more troublesome.”

“We’re making an attempt to be fiscally accountable however the objective is to attempt to use each penny we will in as environment friendly was as attainable to maximise each greenback in order that we will make our workforce as sturdy as attainable,” he added.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Could 7, 2021

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

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