Dynamo sign Jamaican international

Midfielder Lovel Palmer will help bolster Houston's depth

Lovel Palmer has 12 caps for the Jamaican national team.

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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo have acquired midfielder Lovel Palmer from
Jamaican club Harbour View, it was announced today. Per team and league
policy, terms of the transaction and of Palmer's contract were not
disclosed. Upon receipt of his international transfer certificate and
approval of a P-1 visa, Palmer will occupy an international roster slot.

Palmer, 25, comes to Houston from Jamaican power Harbour View, where he
captained the team into a tie for first place with three games remaining
in the 2009-10 season. Palmer has played with Harbour View since he was
a teenager, including the National Premier League championship team of
2007, CONCACAF Champions' Cup series against D.C. United in 2005 and
2008, and the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round
against Pumas. He has been the club's captain since August 2005, when he
was just 21 years old.

For Jamaica, Palmer has made 12 career appearances since 2005, most
recently appearing and setting up his country's only goal in a 2-1 road
loss to world power Argentina on February 10.

He has already spent two separate one-week trial periods with the
Dynamo, first in Orlando at the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic
Feb. 22-27, where he scored a long-range goal against rival FC Dallas.
Palmer re-joined the Dynamo for preseason games March 7 against the
Austin Aztex and March 11 against the Chicago Fire. He is expected to
join the Dynamo prior to their March 27 MLS opener against FC Dallas.