Jamaica international defender Alvas Powell was voted the Alcatel Major League Soccer (MLS) Player of the Week for Week 7 of the 2018 season, the league announced a short while ago.
The 23 year old was honoured for his match winning performance in the 3-2 win against the Minnesota United FC that saw him contributing a goal and an assist in Portland Timbers first win of the season.
Powell, who has 35 caps for the Jamaican National Senior Football team, made a fantastic run before rifling his shot past the goalkeeper at the near post to open the scoring for his club, who now sit 11th in the Western Conference standings.
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Two minutes later he was the provider whipping in a cross that midfielder Diego Valeri flicked past the Minnesota United goalkeeper.
This is the first time that the Jamaican right back was winning the award for the club which he won the MLS Cup in 2015 with.
The former Portmore United player has always been an attacking threat with his athletic ability to get up and down the right side of the defense but has never scored for Jamaica since his debut in 2012.
However, this was his 5th goal and 8th assist for the club in 115 appearances in four and a half seasons at the club. He joined for a half season on loan from Portmore United during the summer of 2014 before making a permanent move in January 2015.
Powell was also named to the MLS Team of the Week as well being nominated for goal of the week for the strike against Minnesota.
The MLS Player of the Week is chosen by members of the North American Soccer Reporters, including print, television, radio and online journalists who cover domestic soccer in the United States and Canada.