Toronto FC acquires veteran Jamaican international defender Kemar Lawrence

Kemar Lawrence

Toronto FC added some experience to its backline on Friday, acquiring Jamaican international defender Kemar Lawrence from Belgium’s Anderlecht.

The 28-year-old played under Toronto FC GM Ali Curtis, coach Chris Armas and assistant coach Ewan Sharp during their time with the New York Red Bulls.

Lawrence, who signed with Toronto through 2024, can play both left fullback and wingback.

“He’s a very dynamic player,” Curtis said in an interview.

“He knows the league well. It’s’ always important to have quality and depth within the team, because injuries happen and schedule congestion happens. So we’re just trying to be as prepared as possible.”

“We think Kemar helps us, makes us a better team,” he added.

He joins Justin Morrow, Richie Laryea and Brazil’s Auro as options at fullback.

Prior to the last two seasons with Anderlecht, Lawrence spent five seasons with the Red Bulls, making 146 appearances in all competitions with five goals and 12 assists.

He won the Supporters’ Shield with Armas as coach in 2018 when he was named to the MLS Best XI.

“I believe that we are a really good fit for Kemar and that he complements our roster well,” Armas said in a statement. “He adds experience, intensity and a defensive presence tat is fierce.”

Prior to joining MLS, the five-foot-10, Lawrence spent four seasons with Jamaica’s Harbor View FC. He has won 60 caps internationally for his country.