Fire acquire Palmer from RSL

He might be best remembered as the guy the who missed the deciding penalty kick to give Sporting Kansas City the MLS Cup last Saturday but the Fire acquired a solid role player in Lovel Palmer today. The well traveled Jamaican defender can play right back and holding midfield and should pose some competition for Jalil Anibaba.

Palmer is dangerous from distance and has played for Houston, Portland, and Real Salt Lake since coming to MLS in 2010. Frank Yallop exchanged some MLS funny money (allocation dollars) with Real Salt Lake for his services. MLSPU lists his guaranteed 2013 compensation at $71,500.00 so he comes at roughly $20K less than Daniel Paladini would have cost against the budget.

Filed under: 2013 Post Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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    Decent upgrade

  • 4 teams by his 5th season... Can always use a player that can play in multiple positions so I guess we will see how he works out.

  • Fire have announced that Guillermo Petrei will not be returning in 2014.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Very terse statement, too - no "thanks to Petrei for his service to the organization, etc":

    "The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Saturday that Vice President of Soccer Operations Guillermo Petrei will not be returning for the 2014 season."

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Fairly certain he was a Leon hire, after interning for Leon.

  • This makes a clean sweep. Again, this is good news from my perspective.

  • is there any news about the status of the youth development staff?

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I think they're staying in place for the time being with the focus being placed on the first team. They have some good people there.

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    Harrison Shipp looks like the real deal, had an outstanding game against New Mexico, probably has as much ball skills as anyone on the Fire. Glad to hear that Yallop will make him a priority signing, he will make an excellent addition to the team.

  • In reply to Ron Stone:

    Yallop compared him to a young Mike Magee today and added, "we'll get him."

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Going to be really interesting to see what a lineup that includes Pineda, Shipp, and Atouba looks like. Some crazy-good talent represented there.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Thought I saw something about Atouba's status that looked like he might not be back but I cannot find it now. Anyone know what his status is?

  • In reply to Arklow:

    I think he'll be back one way or another.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    ^ This. All indications are that Atouba will be back.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Signs of withdrawal: I see that the NCAA final game will be on ESPNU and I am actually looking forward to watching it via a dirty this afternoon.

  • ESPNFC confirms our report from Friday that Klopas is indeed interviewing for the Montreal job although Schallibaum has not officially been fired.

  • Man, $71K. Not much incentive for a good player at a top notch college to go pro over starting a career. A lot of consulting firms pay more than that right out of school.

    MLS salary structure really needs a boost.. maybe that would raise quality of play too, but this to me is shockingly low for a veteran player.

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