Kemar Lawrence is officially part of Jamaica's men's national team squad for its World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica on March 25 and 29.
The only surprising thing about this news is that it took until Sunday March 20 for the Jamaica Football Federation to reveal an official squad list - and that the official announcement appears to have been granted exclusively to the JFF's Facebook page.
Whatever it takes to get the word out.
Lawrence will join a Reggae Boyz squad still some distance from securing a place in the next round of CONCACAF's 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament. To reach the final round of qualifying (the Hexagonal), Jamaica must finish in one of the top two spots in its current four-team group - and that ambition suffered a major setback when the Reggae Boyz lost their group-opening home game to Panama back in November.
Costa Rica is favorite to top Group B of the Fourth Round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, and favorite to beat Jamaica in both of their upcoming matches (in Jamaica on March 25; in Costa Rica on March 29). But fortunes can change quickly in international soccer: a positive result or two this month could see Lawrence's Reggae Boyz marching toward the Hexagonal with renewed confidence.
The New York Red Bulls' starting left back will face a Costa Rica squad including the man whose position at RBNY he took over: Roy Miller, now playing his club soccer for Saprissa.