Wednesday, December 7, 2016

From Zlatan to Adu: Alvas Powell - P

This is the eleventh installment of a 26-part series of players we'd like to see at Atlanta United FC as either a Designated Player or general roster spot. They will not all make sense but we will try to convince you anyway. #HailUnited #KingsOfTheSouth

Alvas Powell - Defender - Portland Timbers - DOB: 7/18/1994

So what's the deal with this guy?

The 22-year-old began his senior career at 17 in his native Jamaica before quickly being loaned to, and eventually bought by, the Portland Timbers. He's been a notable presence in MLS since 2013.

Is he any good?

As a young defender, he can be a bit unpredictable at times, and has a penchant for becoming a bit too involved in the attack, but yeah, he's an exciting player who has proven himself on an MLS Cup winning team and on the international level for a Jamaican team that continues to improve.

Oh, he's already playing with the Reggae Boyz?

Yep. Made his first appearance in 2012 and has racked up 16 total. Of course that means he may miss time for call-ups. Still great experience though.

Does this make sense for Atlanta United?

Sure does. Powell is currently cheap (approx $100K) and his youth and attacking style would fit what Tata Martino seems to be compiling roster-wise. Plus, Atlanta United basically has zero defenders on its roster. 

How likely is this to happen?

You want to say it could easily via the MLS Expansion Draft, as Powell and Timbers head coach Caleb Porter didn't always see eye to eye last season. But the Timbers would more likely trade or sell Powell than they would let such a prospect just go with no return. Most likely, not going to happen, unless Darren Eales has some tricks up his sleeve.