Jamaica has finally got around to announcing its preliminary squad for Copa America Centenario. Among the 40 players named, as expected, is Reggae Boyz regular Kemar Lawrence. The New York Red Bulls' left back had a breakout season in 2015 for both club and country, and it is to be hoped this season sees him push on to greater things (both club and country have struggled more recently, but each has reason to be optimistic about its future prospects for the year).
Also in the 40-man player pool from which the final 23-man roster for this summer's Copa America must be selected: NYRB II's Junior Flemmings.
The young forward was signed to RBNY's USL squad after a long courtship, and has looked a reliably bright and inventive player for NYRB II to date. He has been highly-rated in Jamaica for several years now, so it isn't shocking that this particular 20-year-old RBNY reserve-teamer is being considered to play for his national team at the most prestigious tournament it will contest this year. But it is surprising.
Flemmings was called into the Jamaica squad for its November World Cup qualifiers, but did not get summoned to the roster named for the March round of international matches.
Congrats to both Lawrence and Flemmings on the (preliminary) call-up. And here's hoping both Red Bulls make the final 23 - which will be named toward the end of May.