Back Line Beef Up: Lovel Palmer to #cf97

Frank Yallop boosts his defensive depth with the Jamaican veteran (photo:

Frank Yallop boosts his defensive depth with a Jamaican veteran (photo:

OTF Editor Scott Fenwick brings you the lowdown on the newest Man in Red…

Chicago swapped an undisclosed amount of MLS Allocation money on Friday in return for the services of former Real Salt Lake man Lovel Palmer, who has the dubious distinction of winning Sporting Kansas City its 2013 MLS Cup title.

But hey, I’m not going to hold that against him.

Lovel was tenth on the PK list for crying out loud. It was cold. He’s from Jamaica. And so on.

You can forget about Casino Jimmy now, Lovel. Rise in the strength of Jah! (photo:

You can forget about Casino Jimmy now, Lovel. Rise in the strength of Jah! (photo:

Palmer logged 1197 minutes as a utility defender/midfielder for RSL in 2013. He ranked 315th overall on MLS’s Castrol Performance Index, with 17 appearances and 14 starts in regular season play, and made 21 appearances and 16 starts across all competitions. Palmer earned a reported $71,500 in guaranteed compensation last season.

Before his stint in Utah, the 29 year-old saw time with Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers. Prior to MLS, Palmer spent 12 years with the Red Stripe Premier League’s Harbor View FC, including a 2004 loan stint with Trinidad & Tobago’s oddly named W Connection FC.

A player with international experience, Lovel’s been capped 29 times by Jamaica’s international team, the Reggae Boyz. 

Palmer will provide needed defensive depth at fullback, where he should push Jalil Anibaba to improve his game and spell the overworked Gonzalo Segares from time to time.

Lovel is an adept defensive midfielder as well and can threaten the goal from distance (Emphasis: Distance). Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Anyhoo, what does OTF collaborator and head honcho over at the RSL site Under The Crossbar, Mr. Matt Montgomery, have to offer on the newest Fire man?


Sounds like a deal.

OTF looks forward to watching Mr. Lovel Palmer chase dem crazy baldhead attackers off the pitch in 2014.

Jah guide.

Scott Fenwick founded On The Fire in 2012 and is its Executive Editor. Scott co-hosts the On The Fire Soccer Radio Podcast, contributes to the Guardian’s (UK) MLS fan previewsThe Cup.usPickles Magazineand is America’s #1 Rapid supporter.

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