GlobeBull: Taxi Hailed by Jamaica for CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying

New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence is working back to full fitness from an MCL injury last season. That did not stop Jamaica from calling up Taxi to national team duty. Jamaica face El Salvador and Costa Rica in March matches.

Lawrence has only played in one match in all competitions this season for the Red Bulls. The lone appearance was 45 minutes in the 1st leg of the Atletico Pantoja match during the Round of 16 for Concacaf Champions League. Lawrence made the bench in the Columbus and San Jose matches, but did not play in either match.

Lawrence has 48 caps for the Reggae Boyz, good for second behind Je-Vaughn Watson (76) on Jamaica’s active roster.  He has recorded three goals and six assists since debuting at the end of 2013.

Jamaica will face El Salvador in their final Concacaf Nations League qualifier on March 23rd. Securing nine points in three matches, Jamaica remain tied at the top of the standings with nine points, but sit in 5th place due to the goal differential tie breaker (+11). Their current position has them qualifying for League A of Concacaf Nations League and books them a spot at this summer’s Gold Cup. A win or draw against 14th place El Salvador will secure it. Estadio Cuscatlán in San Salvador hosts the match.

To round out the March international window, Jamaica will travel to Costa Rica for a friendly match on March 26th. The Red Bulls backline need to rely on depth against Orlando. Four Red Bull defenders will miss the Orlando match on the 23rd due to international duty. Additionally, New York Red Bulls II defender Allen Yannes received a call-up up for Guatemala, so he will be unavailable as well for the team(s).

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