Fire Pick Up Palmer

Every team needs a guy who's willing to elbow Eddie Johnson in the throat, right? - Tom Hauck

Jamaican international journeyman, 29, will offer depth in defense and midfield

The Chicago Fire made their first acquisition of the offseason Friday afternoon, dealing an undisclosed amount of allocation money to Real Salt Lake for defender/midfielder Lovel Palmer.

"We're pleased to welcome Lovel to the Fire," Fire Head Coach Frank Yallop told chicago-fire.com. "He is a versatile, experienced player who will be instrumental in building a deep squad to compete in 2014."

Palmer, a Jamaican international, first came to MLS as a member of the Houston Dynamo before the 2010 season. Since then, he had played for Portland and Real Salt Lake before the trade. In all, Palmer has made 96 appearances in four seasons in the league, scoring three goals.

A jack-of-all-trades type, Palmer could see time at right back, on the right side of midfield, or as a defensive midfielder with the Fire. Most of his 29 caps for Jamaica have come as a right back. Palmer also holds a green card, meaning he does not take up an International slot on the Fire roster.

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