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Lovel Palmer
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Palmer with Houston Dynamo in 2010
Personal information
Full name Lovel Palmer
Date of birth 30 August 1984 (1984-08-30) (age 37)
Place of birth Mandeville, Jamaica
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Right back, Midfielder
Club information
Current club Des Moines Menace
Number 14
Youth career
1995–1998 Essex Valley FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2010 Harbour View 143 (41)
2004 → W Connection (loan) 11 (2)
2010–2011 Houston Dynamo 45 (3)
2011–2012 Portland Timbers 34 (0)
2013 Real Salt Lake 17 (0)
2014–2015 Chicago Fire 52 (1)
2016–2017 Indy Eleven 38 (1)
2017–2018 Miami FC 11 (0)
2018– Des Moines Menace 1 (0)
National team
2005–2012 Jamaica 30 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:43, 30 October 2017 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 March 2011

Lovel Palmer (born 30 August 1984 in Mandeville) is a Jamaican footballer who currently plays as a defender and midfielder for the Des Moines Menace in the Premier Development League.

Career

Youth

Palmer began his career with the St. Elizabeth Technical High School football team in his native Jamaica, and in 1995 joined Essex Valley FC. In 1998, with Essex Valley, Palmer participated in an international youth tournament in Norway He also played in several youth teams for Essex Valley before joining the youth system of Harbour View in January 1999.

Club

Palmer won Premier League and Caribbean Club Championship titles in 1995 and 2004 with Harbour View, before joining TT Pro League team W Connection on loan. While at Harbour View, Palmer also had an unsuccessful trial with IK Start in Norway in February 2009.

During the 2004 season he appeared in eleven games and scored two goals for W Connection before returning to Harbour View in December 2004. Palmer soon became the leader and captain of Harbour View, and he led the team to victory in the Jamaica National Premier League in 2007/2008.

On 19 March 2010, Palmer and Harbour View completed a deal that sent Palmer to Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer. The terms of the transfer were undisclosed.

On 21 July 2011, Palmer was traded to Portland Timbers along with Mike Chabala and an international roster spot in exchange for Adam Moffat and allocation money.

Palmer's option was declined by Portland on 3 December 2012. He elected to enter the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft and was selected by Real Salt Lake in stage two of the draft on 14 December 2012. He missed a penalty in a shootout during the 2013 MLS Cup that gave Sporting Kansas City the league title. Six days later he was traded by RSL to Chicago Fire in exchange for allocation money.

After two years in Chicago, Palmer signed with Indy Eleven of the North American Soccer League on 12 January 2016.

Palmer signed with NASL side Miami FC on 14 August 2017 following his release from Indy Eleven.

International

Palmer played for the Jamaican U-17, U-20 and U-23 national teams, and has been a member of the Jamaica national football team since 2005.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Houston Dynamo 2010 MLS 26 2 2 1 - - 28 3
2011 19 1 1 0 - - 20 1
Total 45 3 3 1 - - - - 48 4
Portland Timbers 2011 MLS 15 0 0 0 - - 15 0
2012 19 0 0 0 - - 19 0
Total 34 0 0 0 - - - - 34 0
Real Salt Lake 2013 MLS 17 0 4 0 - 1 0 22 0
Chicago Fire 2014 MLS 30 1 2 0 - - 32 1
2015 22 0 2 0 - - 24 0
Total 52 1 4 0 - - - - 56 1
Indy Eleven 2016 NASL 12 0 0 0 - 0 0 12 0
Career total 160 4 11 1 - - 1 0 172 5

International

Jamaica national team
Year Apps Goals
2005 3 0
2006 0 0
2007 6 0
2008 0 0
2009 3 0
2010 6 0
2011 0 0
2012 8 0
Total 33 0

Statistics accurate as of match played 12 December 2012

Personal

Palmer holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.

Honors

Club

Harbour View
  • Jamaica National Premier League (3): 2000, 2007, 2010
  • JFF Champions Cup (2): 2001, 2002
  • CFU Club Championship (2): 2004, 2007
Real Salt Lake
Indy Eleven
  • North American Soccer League Spring Season (1): 2016

International

Jamaica
  • Caribbean Cup (1): 2010
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