BBC Radio 5 Live's World Football Phone-In is worth a listen whenever you have the time, but this week's episode contains something particularly gratifying for fans of the New York Red Bulls. The program's expert on South American soccer, Tim Vickery, took a moment to single out "Kenmar Lawrence" as the best left back in Copa America 2015.
Thanks to HITC's Freddy Shires for the heads up:
If you're pressed for time, tune in around the 1:08:45 mark for Vickery's comments. He prefaces them by noting that the Argentina-Jamaica game he watched was "a glorified training game", but goes on to single out "Kenmar" as a "cracking left back." That would be British for "awesome".
The veteran football journalist doesn't hold back: "I haven't seen a better left back in the entire tournament," he says. Vickery had included Lawrence in his Copa America Team of the Group Stage for Bleacher Report. But his more recent comments further elevate the RBNY player into elite company: the likes of Argentina's Marcos Rojo (currently at Manchester United) and Brazil's Filipe Luis (contracted to Chelsea).
Vickery suggests Lawrence ought to be attracting wider attention: "A Premier League club should have a look at him. He looks really, really impressive."
Thanks to the persuasive powers of RBNY's management team,
Kenmar Kemar will be playing for the Red Bulls for the upcoming run of league and US Open Cup games. He will join his national team for whatever remains of its Gold Cup campaign after RBNY plays New England Revolution on July 11. Let's enjoy him while we can.