Player Details


Alvas Powell


6' 0"


165 lbs

Date of Birth

7.18.1994 (27)


St. Thomas, Jamaica



Position Detail

Full Back

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Career Summary


2021 (Philadelphia): Powell has made five appearances (four starts) for the Union during the 2021 MLS season...Joined Philadelphia Union as a free agent on June 10, 2021...Made his debut for the Union when he was subbed on in stoppage time of a 1-0 win against Columbus Crew SC (Jun. 23)...Recorded his first start for Philadelphia during the Union's 3-3 away draw vs. Chicago Fire (Jun. 26)...Secured a 1-0 home victory when he started at rightback vs. NYCFC (Aug. 18)...Started two postseason matches of the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs.


Powell came to Major League Soccer after spending time at Portmore United FC. He was loaned to Portland Timbers in 2013 and made a permanent transfer to the Timbers in 2015, the same year he played an integral part in the Timbers’ run to winning the MLS Cup. After spending three seasons with Portland, he went on to play at FC Cincinnati and Inter Miami CF. He last played at the Sudanese club Al-Hilal.

Internationally, Powell has been a stalwart on the Jamaican National Team, where he plays alongside Andre Blake and Cory Burke, and with whom he has earned 49 caps and scored two goals. His debut for the Reggae Boyz came in December of 2012 in the Caribbean Cup. He was also part of the championship-winning squad of the 2014 Caribbean Cup. Powell has played an important role in three of Jamaica’s Gold Cup runs, in 2015, 2017 and 2019, where he helped lead the team to two finals and one semi-final. Additionally, Powell has played in a number of World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies. In a 2019 Concacaf Nations League match, Powell scored a brace in 4-0 win over Guyana for his first international goals.

ACQUIRED: Philadelphia Union sign defender Alvas Powell on June 10, 2021.