Real Salt Lake will always have a special place in my heart. I wouldn’t trade this last season with RSL for anything. —Lovel Palmer
Real Salt Lake sent Lovel Palmer to the Chicago Fire on Friday, trading the defender for allocation money.
“Real Salt Lake will always have a special place in my heart,” Palmer said in a release announcing the news. “I wouldn’t trade this last season with RSL for anything. If someone said to me at the beginning of the year that we would do it all over again, that RSL and Sporting Kansas City would be in MLS Cup and Kansas City would win, I wouldn’t trade teams. I wouldn’t trade the Real Salt Lake experience for the MLS Cup."
Palmer spent this past season with Real after being selected by the team during the MLS Re-entry Draft, then signing with the squad on Jan. 3. He appeared in 17 games this year, with 14 starts, during the regular season, and played in 21 total games, starting 16, in all competition.
“I’d like to thank Lovel on behalf of the Real Salt Lake organization for his contributions to the team,” RSL General Manager Garth Lagerwey said in the news release. “He was an important part of our on-field success and a very good presence in the locker room this year. We wish him all the best in Chicago.”
SUCCESSFUL SURGERIES: RSL announced Friday that forward Robbie Findley and defender Chris Schuler both underwent successful surgeries on Thursday. Findley's surgery was to repair a torn right patella tendon, while Schuler's operation was to remove bone spurs from his left ankle.