Report: Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence asks for trade

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According to a report by Ives Galarcep of SBI Soccer, Kemar Lawrence has asked the New York Red Bulls for a trade.

The report follows news that the club rejected a request by Lawrence for a renegotiated contract, a note that was confirmed by the same SBI Soccer report.

It has been just a year since Lawrence signed a contract extension that made him the highest-paid defender on the team with a $338,000 earning last season, but new contracts to Tim Parker and Aaron Long have since left him in the dust, while left-backs across the league have also seen a boost in that time. Lawrence’s deal currently has two more seasons remaining.

With the club already moving on from legends Bradley Wright-Phillips and Luis Robles, the loss of a defender in his prime could further unsettle the squad. The Red Bulls have 22-year-old Kyle Duncan and 23-year-old Rece Buckmaster as replacements for Lawrence, but should they decide to shop their main man, they would have the phone ringing off the hook.

Lawrence, a defensively-minded left-back who made the 2019 MLS All-Star game, has made 129 appearances for the Red Bulls since joining in 2015 from his native Jamaica.