Real Salt Lake newcomer, Lovel Palmer has been playing professionally now since he was a teenager, first with Harbourview in Jamaica before making the leap to Major League Soccer. Now in his 4th season in MLS, Palmer has a surprising assessment of where he’s at in his position as fullback for RSL.
“It is a whole different system here, so I feel as if I’m learning soccer again, the correct way,” said Palmer after a 1-0 reserve team victory against BYU.
“Jason [Kreis] has his way,” continued the Jamaican. “It’s different than what I’ve ever played at National Team or with any of the other MLS clubs I’ve played at before. His way is different, and he wants us to play a specific way and I’m just trying to learn it as best as possible because that’s the only way I’m going to get on the pitch.”
The 28-year old admits that his brief stint with Real Salt Lake has had a huge learning curve attached.
“I’m just being a sponge every day. When I play with the first team, I watch what Tony does or Kenny Mansally and do exactly what they’re doing because they’ve been here longer. They know exactly what Jason Kreis wants. I just watch them as best as possible and try to emulate whatever they do and just add my little bit more to it.”
He’s seen stints with two other MLS teams (Houston and Portland), and has played multiple positions, but none of that matters to the veteran player.
“I just enjoy playing soccer and I want to be on the pitch, so wherever the coach puts me, I’m willing to play.”
It also sounds like the veteran is also showing some leadership with the youngsters on the team.
“As I tell the guys, these games are the only way we’re going to get on the pitch with the first team. So we have to play with intensity, and do the right things because we have 6,000 people who paid money to come see the game. We have to put on a show for them. Also the head coach, Jason Kreis, is watching the game and he’s assessing every player.”