The Philadelphia Union are looking to bring in defensive help and it appears that they have targeted an international with notable MLS experience.
Alvas Powell has emerged as a target of the Philadelphia Union, multiple sources tell ‘MLS Multiplex.’ The Jamaican international could be poised to make the switch back to MLS after joining Al-Hilal in Sudan in late January as the likeliness of a move has grown in recent days.
No deal is done yet, a source said, but the player has been targeted as a possible addition by Union sporting director Ernst Tanner.
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The 26-year old Powell has 49 appearances for Jamaica’s national team, scoring twice. He joined the Portland Timbers in 2014, making 157 appearances for the club as well as stops at FC Cincinnati and Inter Miami.
The majority of Powell’s career has been spent at right back but he can also play centrally in the defense or in the midfield if need be.
The Union currently sit in third place in the Eastern Conference, with 11 points from seven matches and a 3-2-2 record. Last season, the Union won the Supporters Shield for the best record in MLS.
It was the first hardware in club’s history. They currently are the only MLS club remaining in the CONCACAF Champions League, having beaten Atlanta United in the quarterfinals to advance in the tournament.
A potential move for Powell would be a welcome addition to the Philadelphia Union’s backline. The club has had a busy start to the season, balancing league play along with their participation in the CONCACAF Champions League.
The Union have allowed five goals so far this season in league play. Known for his workrate as well as his tactical awareness, Powell should be a good fit for the Union’s pressing and counter-pressing style.
Powell is a green card holder, which means he won’t count against the international player limits imposed on MLS rosters. He won MLS Cup in 2015 with the Portland Timbers.