Toronto FC sign defender Kemar Lawrence

Aug 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence (92) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC signed veteran defender Kemar Lawrence through the 2024 season, the team announced Friday.

A Jamaican international, Lawrence returns to the MLS after spending the last two seasons with RSC Anderlecht in Belgium’s top flight.

Lawrence, 28, appeared in 118 games (113 starts) with the New York Red Bulls from 2015-19 and registered five goals and 10 assists. He was named to the MLS Best XI in 2018.

“We are very excited about Kemar joining the club,” Toronto general manager Ali Curtis said in a release. “He’s a fearless competitor, he has experience, and he immediately makes our team better. Kemar is a lockdown wingback, and we are excited to get him going. Looking forward to he and his family planting roots in Orlando, and then Toronto. Very excited for Kemar to join is an understatement.”

Toronto head coach Chris Armas previously coached Lawrence with the Red Bulls.

“I believe that we are a really good fit for Kemar and that he complements our roster well,” Armas said. “He adds experience, intensity and a defensive presence that is fierce. I am excited to start working with him again.”

Internationally, Lawrence has earned 60 caps and scored three goals with the Jamaican National team.

–Field Level Media