The Jamaican Football Federation (JFF) announced its team will be matched up in its August friendlies against Grenada and Barbados. Luckily for the New York Red Bulls’ Supporter’s Shield implications, their plans do not include left back, Kemar Lawrence. Lawrence currently sits with 45 caps and three goals since his 2013 debut, making him the 4th most capped player in Jamaica’s active player pool.
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The JFF have not released a formal roster. Similar to their April friendlies against St. Kitts & Nevis and Antigua & Barbuda, it is likely made up of players from the domestic Red Stripe Premier League.
The Jamaican team will travel to Grenada for a Friday match before jet-setting to Barbados on Monday. Neither of the friendlies should pose much of a challenge for the Reggae Boyz, but it will be a good opportunity to showcase their local talent.
The matches fall right in the middle of an important stretch of matches for the Red Bulls. The team will play five matches in a 15-day window, starting with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday before heading to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday the 22nd.
The real challenge for Jamaica begins in September, when the team will face Ecuador in a friendly at Red Bull Arena on September 7th, then quickly turn home for a CONCACAF Nations Cup qualifier against Cayman Islands two days later.
JFF President Michael Ricketts stated on Wednesday that Jamaica “will be able to maneuver in an effective way so that we have a different squad playing on the 7th and another squad playing on the 9th. We will be bringing in some overseas players: a few from England, some playing in (*cringe*) the MLS and of course, the core of the team will be made up, essentially, of home-based players.”
Lawrence has a higher probability of inclusion in the squad for those two matches. RBNY have games on September 1st and 16th, so a call-in shouldn’t affect club games.
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