Portland makes Jamaica int’l Powell move permanent

Jamaica international Alvas Powell (#5) was acquired permanently by the Portland Timbers on December 8, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Portland Timbers announced Monday that they have exercised the option to purchase defender Alvas Powell from Jamaica’s Portmore United.

The 20-year-old Jamaica international has been on loan with the Major League Soccer (MLS) club for more than a year, making his debut on August 3, 2014, against the Vancouver Whitecaps. 

In 2014, Powell appeared in an MLS-career-high 15 games and scored two goals.

Last month, he played in all four games as Jamaica won the 2014 Caribbean Cup title, earning a spot on the tournament’s Best XI.  Next year, the Reggae Boyz will compete in the Copa America and CONCACAF Gold Cup.

 Portland fell a point short in a bid for a place in the 2014 MLS playoffs.  It also missed out on a berth in the 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on the head-to-head away goals tiebreaker with Honduras’ Olimpia.  The sides finished even atop the Group 5 table on nine points.