Catching up with Lovel Palmer

Midfielder admits to missing Houston while in Jamaica -- just not the weather

Lovel Palmer

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After the Dynamo's first double training session of the year, midfielder Lovel Palmer took some time to chat with
HoustonDynamo.com about the offseason.

We haven’t had a chance to talk to you since the
Caribbean Cup in early December. How was your experience playing for Jamaica?

It was great. We qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup,
which is going to be here in the United States in June. That’s good
for us, because we need to get back into competitive games, because we didn’t
make the last one. It was good for the country. We climbed in the rankings, so
it was good.

The schedule for that tournament was really compact – Jamaica played five
games in nine days. How did you deal with squad rotation and keeping yourself
fresh for games?

I don’t know about the other guys, but for myself it
wasn’t anything new. As you probably know, we played eight games in a month a
couple of times last year, so I was ready for it. I knew that we had to win the
championship – everyone was coming to beat us – so I was always ready for a
game.

Did you enjoy seeing Dominic
Kinnear down there for the semifinals and finals?

It was a bit motivating for me, because I said, ‘Hey,
that’s my coach, and I’m going to go back to him in the preseason, so I have to
put on a pretty good show.’ We shared a couple of laughs, and it was good for
me to see him and Nick [Kowba]. We talked after the game and had a few jokes,
so it was good.

Now, you spent most of your offseason in Martinique for
the Gold Cup or at home in Jamaica.
Did you miss Houston at all or is Jamaica too
nice this time of year?

I did miss Houston.
I kept myself occupied talking to some of the guys and got feedback on what was
going on in Houston.
But I missed Houston
a lot. I wanted to come back a bit earlier, but when I heard that it was cold
here, I was like, ‘I’m not missing that. I’m going to wait a bit more. Jamaica is
pretty cool right now.’ But I was anxious to get back here and start working
with the guys again – seeing the old faces and the new guys.

Everything’s still too much in flux to really talk about
the lineup, but what’s it like in training with everybody competing for spots?

Well, Dom knows what he wants to do. He has an idea of
the guys he wants to play, but everybody is really gunning for a position. No one
is guaranteed a position. It’s up to you to work as hard as you can and,
whatever position the coach puts you in, you just try to play to the best of
your ability and help the team.