Coming in during the summer of 2011 along with Mike Chabala, Lovel Palmer was intended to add extra muscle to he right back position, a consistent sore spot for the Portland Timbers. Unfortunately for Palmer, he was unable to mesh well with the squad or the position to help create a fully effective defensive backline. Instead, he became almost infamous for his "Palmerball" where he would send the ball about 20-30 yards over the net.
But it wasn't all bad times for Palmer in Portland despite going out with a bit of a whimper. When moved as a back up central defensive midfielder he seemed to be at his best adding in a meaningful way to the defense of the team without getting in the way of the offense. Additionally, while he did get a red card immediately afterward, at least he did so by elbowing Eddie Johnson in the back of the head (this is a joke).
Good luck wherever you land Palmer, be it Real Salt Lake or someplace else.
What are you appreciative of Lovel Palmer for? Will you miss him? Please be nice.