FORT LAUDERDALE – The Fort Lauderdale Strikers defender Lance Laing has joined the National Senior Team of Jamaica as they prepare to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The team is scheduled to play three international friendly games against the national teams of Guyana (May 18) and Panama (May 27 and June 1) in the next three weeks.
“It’s a big opportunity to represent myself, my club and my country,” said Laing. “It’s a big deal as it’s a chance to play at a higher level, and I know the Strikers are more than happy to see me get this opportunity.”
Laing has begun the 2012 season in good form, having recorded a goal and an assist this season. In 2011, after his first season with the Strikers, Laing was recognized for his play by being named to the NASL’s All-Star team, known as the Best XI.
Between 2004 and 2005, Laing played for the Jamaican U-17 national team. He earned his first call to the senior national team in 2008, and made his debut in an International friendly against El Salvador. Laing has earned two caps for The Reggae Boyz.
Lance Laing began his professional career in his native Jamaica with Harbor View Football Club. With Harbor View, Laing won the Jamaican National Premier League title in both 2007 and 2010, his last season with the club. He played briefly with Village United before signing with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers ahead of the 2011 NASL season.
The Strikers next game is against the defending NASL Champion Minnesota Stars FC on Saturday, May 19th, at 7:30pm at Lockhart Stadium.