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Shawn Lawson

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Shawn Lawson
Shawn Lawson playing for Detroit City FC.
Personal information
Full name Shawn-Claud Nicholas Lawson
Date of birth (1994-01-13) 13 January 1994 (age 27)
Place of birth Scarborough, Canada
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Detroit City FC
Number 9
Youth career
2005-2006 Ajax Soccer Club (Canada)
2006-2007 Feyenoord
2008-2009 Pickering Soccer Club
2010-2011 Ajax Soccer Club (Canada)
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Oakland Golden Grizzlies 78 (8)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Detroit City FC 12 (4)
2015 Des Moines Menace 8 (1)
2016 Michigan Stars FC 12 (2)
2017– Detroit City FC 45 (31)
National team
2011 Jamaica U17 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Shawn Lawson (born 13 January 1994) is a Canadian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Detroit City FC.

Early life[edit]

Shawn Lawson is the son of Jimmy and Colleen Lawson. His father was a former Jamaica national team player.[1] Lawson grew up playing soccer in Scarborough, Ontario. After standing out for his Canadian youth soccer clubs, Lawson was invited to spend time with the Feyenoord youth academy in Holland.[2] Lawson returned to Ontario to play for Pickering SC and Ajax Strikers where his performances attracted the interest of Oakland University in Michigan; Lawson was offered a four-year soccer scholarship.[3]

College career[edit]

Lawson played four years for the Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's soccer team, making 78 appearances, scoring eight times and recording 7 assists.[4] Lawson was named to the All-Horizon League first team in 2014 as Oakland went on to be crowned Horizon League champions for the first time. He was also named to the All-Horizon League second team in 2015.[5]

Club career[edit]

In 2013, Shawn Lawson made his debut for Detroit City FC in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). Lawson made several appearances in his first season, scoring one goal against FC Buffalo.[6] In 2014, Lawson again suited up for Le Rouge scoring three goals. His goal against Fort Pitt Regiment was named the 2014 NPSL Goal of the Year.[7]

Lawson played for the Des Moines Menace of the Premier Development League (now USL League Two) in 2015.[8]

In 2017, Lawson returned to Detroit City FC. Lawson led the team in scoring, with nine league goals en route to Detroit City FC winning the NPSL Midwest Regional Championship.[9] In 2018, Lawson becamee the first player in club history to achieve back-to-back seasons scoring 10 or more goals in all competitions, including two goals in two games in the U.S. Open Cup against the Michigan Bucks[10] and FC Cincinnati.[11] In 2019, Lawson broke the club's single-season scoring record, after scoring a hat trick against AFC Ann Arbor.[12] Lawson finished the regular NPSL season with 14 league goals. Lawson rounded out the year scoring the lone goal against Mexican professional team FC Juárez,[13] a hat trick in an exhibition match against Windsor TFC,[14] and tallied his first goal in NPSL Members Cup, scoring against Napa Valley 1839 FC.[15] Lawson finished 2019 with a total of 19 goals in all competitions and was the recipient of the 2019 Black Arrow,[16] the yearly award given to the team's most valuable player.

Lawson is the all-time leading goalscorer in Detroit City FC history with 44 goals in all competitions.

International career[edit]

Lawson is a former Jamaica U17 international. He represented Jamaica at the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Jamaica and the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.[17] Lawson was also called into the Jamaica U23 pre-Olympic squad in 2015.

Career statistics[edit]


Club Season League Cup Friendly Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Detroit City FC 2013 NPSL 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
2014 NPSL 6 3 0 0 0 0 6 3
Des Moines Menace 2015 PDL 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
Michigan Stars FC 2016 NPSL 12 2 0 0 0 0 12 2
Detroit City FC 2017 NPSL 15 9 0 0 6 1 21 10
2018 NPSL 9 7 2 2 6 2 17 11
2019 NPSL 15 14 0 0 6 4 21 18
2019 Members Cup 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Career total 77 38 2 2 18 7 97 47


  1. III, James L. Edwards. "What constitutes a good goal scorer? Just watch Detroit City..." The Athletic.
  2. McGill, Aldwyn (May 27, 2012). "Jamaica Football: Reggae Boyz History". Caribbean Stars Inc. – via Google Books.
  3. Kelly, Brad (August 6, 2012). "Ajax's Shawn Claud Lawson off to Oakland University". DurhamRegion.com.
  4. "Career Stats (PDF)" (PDF). Oakland University Athletics.
  5. "Shawn Lawson - Men's Soccer". Oakland University Athletics.
  6. Sharpe, Fletcher (June 24, 2013). "NPSL soccer: Detroit City FC routs FC Buffalo in front of record crowd, seizes control of division (video)". mlive.
  8. https://menacesoccer.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/2012%20Teams/Stats/2015%20Menace%20PDL%20final%20stats.pdf
  9. Writer, Kevin Biglin, DCFC Staff (August 21, 2017). "Detroit City FC 2017 Season Review". Detroit City FC.
  10. O'Connor, Larry. "DCFC edges Michigan Bucks in dramatic U.S. Open Cup match". Detroit News.
  11. O'Connor, Larry. "Detroit City FC's U.S. Open Cup run ends in extra time at hands of FC Cincinnati". Detroit News.
  12. O'Connor, Larry. "Detroit City FC strikes quick, defeats AFC Ann Arbor to clinch first place". Detroit News.
  13. O'Connor, Larry. "Detroit City FC falls to Mexico's FC Juarez in international friendly". Detroit News.
  14. O'Connor, Larry. "Shawn Lawson's hat trick lifts Detroit City FC to exhibition win over Windsor before 6,083". Detroit News.
  15. "Detroit City FC squashes Napa Valley 1839 FC, remains unbeaten in Members Cup". Detroit News.
  16. FC, Mitch Gatzke, Detroit City (October 19, 2019). "Detroit City cap off season as NPSL Members Cup champions". Detroit City FC.
  17. "FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 - Teams - Jamaica". FIFA.com.

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