New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence may have had some choice words to say about JFF’s (Jamaica Football Federation) organization the past few years, but that didn’t stop his national team from halting the United States 1-0 at Audi Field.
Lawrence took to social media to vent his frustrations to Jamaica’s preparations leading up to the match. But in the end, it seemed like the US were the ones not organized enough. Jamaica outshot the US 13 to five and put five of their shots on frame to the US’s paltry, one.
Lawrence started and played all 90 minutes, keeping the US forwards in check. Lawrence was able to work his way up the left flank and spray crosses into the attacking zone, keeping the pressure on the Stars & Stripes all game long.
The lone goal of the match was scored in the 60th minute by forward Shamar Nicholson, who plays for Domžale in Slovenia. His blast was from about 25 yards out after a Wil Trapp giveaway in the US’s half. The assist was by Kevon Lambert who plays for Phoenix Rising in USL Championship.
Lawrence is second on Jamaica’s active appearance list with 47 caps.
From the US side, Aaron Long was called to camp, but did not dress for the match. Jamaica will return their players to their clubs while the US will face Venezuela next week.