Real Salt Lake (RSL) has signed Jamaican international defender/midfielder, Lovel Palmer, nearly three weeks after selecting him in the first round of stage two of the Major League Soccer (MLS) re-entry draft per league policy.
"Lovel is a versatile player who we're excited to add to our roster," RSL general manager, Garth Lagerwey, was quoted on goal.com. "He's a proven player on both the MLS and international levels and we believe he'll be a good fit in our system," Lagerwey added.
When contacted, Palmer who is on vacation in Jamaica, was full of praise for RSL.
"It's a good move, as RSL are an established team that are always in the top six in the MLS. I am looking forward to pre-season training which starts on January 21. However, I will leave earlier to work out my accommodation arrangements."
The 2013 MLS season kicks off on March 2.
Palmer, 28, signed with the Houston Dynamo from Jamaican Premier League club Harbour View in 2010. He was traded to the Portland Timbers in 2011 where he played for a season and a half at both right back and defensive midfield.
He has three goals and two assists in 79 MLS career appearances. Internationally, Palmer has 24 caps for the Jamaican national team and he should be a part of the squad as it heads into the final stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualification. The CONCACAF World Cup final stage starts in February.
Palmer also played for the Jamaican Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 national teams, and has been a member of the senior Jamaican team, dubbed the Reggae Boyz, since 2005.
- Marc Stamp