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Bulls Abroad: Kemar Lawrence named to Jamaica's 23-man squad for 2017 Gold Cup

As expected, the RBNY defender has been asked to represent his country at this year's Gold Cup.

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Kemar Lawrence was one of the more experienced national team players named to Jamaica's 40-man preliminary squad for the 2017 Gold Cup, and it is no surprise the New York Red Bulls left back has made the cut for the 23-man Reggae Boyz roster  for the tournament.

There was no place in the squad for New York Red Bulls II forward Junior Flemmings, who won his first senior men's national team cap for Jamaica at the recently-concluded Caribbean Cup in Martinique.

Jamaica is in Group C at the 2017 Gold Cup, with Mexico, El Salvador and the team that beat it in this year's Caribbean Cup final, Curacao.

The tournament gets started for the Reggae Boyz on July 9 with a Caribbean Cup final rematch against Curacao, followed by Mexico on July 13 and El Salvador on July 16.

For the Red Bulls, that means Lawrence will definitely be unavailable for the team's US Open Cup quarterfinal against New England Revolution on July 13. One would also expect Jamaica might prefer to see the defender join the squad before the Red Bulls' league game against the Revs on July 5.