I would give up the good tournament for the Gold Cup - Lawrence

July 29, 2017
Jamaica defender Kemar Lawrence (left) steals the ball from Mexico forward Orbelin Pineda in the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup match in Denver last week. The teams played to a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo)

Jamaica's senior men's team defender Kemar 'Taxi' Lawrence said that he would have sacrificed his performance, which he said he was pleased with, to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

Lawrence had a wonderful tournament and scored beautiful free-kick against Mexico in the semi-final last Sunday. Jamaica won that game 1-0.

However, the Reggae Boyz went down 2-1 to hosts the United States of America (USA) in the Gold Cup final at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, last Wednesday evening.

"I would have given up the good tournament for winning the Gold Cup, but tough loss, we played a really good team," Lawrence told journalists in a post-match conference.

 

Better team

 

"We came out with the mentality to frustrate them, but they were just the better team on the day. It was a wonderful free-kick (scored by USA striker Jozy Altidore)," he said.

"I don't think that as a player, I have reached my peak yet, but with the consistent work I am putting in and the coaching staff behind me, I will continue to grow as a player and continue to get mentally better most of all," Lawrence who plays for Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls added.

"Every day its just growth for me, and to play alongside a player like even (Jermaine) Taylor, you learn a lot, day in and day out. Overall in the tournament, I just try and give my best. I try to be a leader on and off the pitch," the 24 year-old, former Harbour View star, said.

"I think, I did well, but wished I had more to give tonight (Wednesday), but I left it all out there, that was the very best. It was a fair tournament for me," he concluded.

Lawrence, as well as goalkeeping captain Andre Blake and Taylor were all named in the tournament's best eleven team.

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