TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing
The Jamaican international defender arrives with 138 games of MLS experience across past stints with the Portland Timbers, FC Cincinnati and Inter Miami CF. The 26-year-old last played at Sudanese club Al-Hilal and holds a green card, meaning he won’t occupy an international spot.
Before signing with Philadelphia, Powell trained with the defending Supporters' Shield champions.
“We are excited to add Alvas to our defensive unit. He brings almost eight years of MLS experience to the club as well as the mentality and work ethic it takes to win a cup,” sporting director Ernst Tanner said in a release. “He has the physicality required to contribute to all phases of play and adds important depth to our backline.”
Powell, who mainly plays on the right, gives Philadelphia another option beyond emerging starter Olivier Mbaizo. The Cameroon international has become entrenched in the starting XI after Raymon Gaddis retired during the offseason, while homegrown Nathan Harriel presents another option at the position.
During his previous MLS stops, Powell supplied six goals and 10 assists. He also helped Portland win MLS Cup in 2015, joining the Pacific Northwest club after spending time at Portmore United FC.