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July 17, 2014
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Lawrence on trial with DC United
Robert Bailey, Star Writer

Jamaica's Kemar Lawrence (left) fights for the ball with Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during their international friendly football match at the Swissporarena in Lucerne, Switzerland, ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals on Friday, May 30. - AP

National defender Kemar Lawrence is currently on a two-week trial with Major League Soccer (MLS) side DC United, in the United States.

The 21-year-old Lawrence, who represents Harbour View in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), is currently recuperating from a groin injury.

Lawrence told Star Sports in an interview from his base in Washington DC yesterday, that he is currently undergoing rehabilitation work on the injury, but should start working with the team by the end of this week.

"It really feels great to be here, but there is just one bad thing about and it is that I am recovering from a groin injury, so I can't really show my true potential yet," said Lawrence.

"I have to be doing rehab and some light stuff so hopefully by the end of the week, I can really go into some hard training," he said.

Lawrence, who has nine caps for the Reggae Boyz, is confident that once he is injury free, he should be able to impress the DC United coaching staff and secure a permanent contract.

"Getting a contract here will mean the world to me and so I definitely want to be about 80 per cent fit so that I can do some good training with the team," Lawrence said.

"I definitely think that they are looking for a left-back and I definitely think I will impress them because I know that I am a quality player," he pointed out.

He added that he has been well received by fellow players and members of the coaching staff since arriving there on Monday night. DC United is also the club of Reggae Boy Michael Seaton.

"It's a really good opportunity for me, and the players here are really nice and we get along well," Lawrence said. Lawrence, who is currently the Pepsi's ambassador for Jamaica, netted two goals in the RSPL for Harbour View last season.

DC United currently lead the Eastern Conference standing with 31 points, which includes nine wins, four draws and five loses.

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