Palmer signs with NASL team


January 13, 2016
Lovel Palmer

Former Reggae Boy Lovel Palmer has signed with North American Soccer League (NASL) Indy Eleven. The 31-year-old Jamaican defender is one of several new signings on Indy Eleven's 2016 roster.

Palmer played 29 times for the Reggae Boyz, including all six semi-final round games during CONCACAF region qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

"Lovel is a great professional that has represented his country at all levels over 40 times," said Indy Eleven head coach Tim Hankinson, in a release from the club. "With a track record of his starts in Major League Soccer, we get a polished professional that can play a multitude of positions from right back to central midfield."

Palmer goes to Indianapolis after two seasons with Major League Soccer's (MLS) Chicago Fire. He has also played for Real Salt Lake, Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo, in the MLS.

"When Tim [Hankinson] called me and said he was taking over at Indy Eleven I couldn't say no because Tim is someone who I can relate to since he's coached in Jamaica before and he knows the Jamaican players. After we spoke and he talked about his plans for soccer in this city and his plans with this team, it was really a no-brainer," Palmer said.

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