Lovel Palmer

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Lovel Palmer
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Palmer in 2015
Personal information
Full name Lovel Palmer
Date of birth (1984-08-30) 30 August 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Mandeville, Jamaica
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Indy Eleven
Number 5
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– Indy Eleven 0 (0)
National team
2005– Jamaica 29 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 29, 2015.
† 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 Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League.



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[1] He also played in several youth teams for Essex Valley before joining the youth system of Harbour View in January 1999.


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.[2] Palmer soon became the leader and captain of Harbour View, and he led the team to victory in the Jamaican 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.[3]

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.[4]

Palmer's option was declined by Portland on 3 December 2012.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

After two years in Chicago, Palmer signed with Indy Eleven of the North American Soccer League on January 12, 2016.[8]


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


Palmer holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[9]


Harbour View[edit]


Real Salt Lake[edit]


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