Alvas Powell joins Timbers

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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The Portland Timbers on Friday announced the acquisition of Jamaican defender Alvas Powell for the remainder of the 2013 season.

To make room on the roster, the club waived midfielder Mobi Fehr.

Powell comes to Portland on a loan agreement with Portmore United FC of the Jamaican Premier League. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Powell will be added to the Timbers when Major league Soccer receives his International Transfer Certificate.

Listed at 6 feet and 165 pounds, Powell has made five appearances with the Jamaican national team, playing in front of Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts in three World Cup qualification matches this month.

Powell, who turns 19 in July, has played two seasons with Portmore United FC.

Fehr, 18, has been a member of U.S. national teams at the under-17, under-18, and under-20 levels. The Timbers acquired him in December through a MLS weighted lottery.

Three Timbers on Gold Cup duty — Will Johnson (Canada), Frederic Piquionne (Martinique) and Rodney Wallace (Costa Rica) have been called onto national teams for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

The Gold Cup tournament runs July 7-28 -- including a July 9 doubleheader at Jeld-Wen Field with Costa Rica facing Cuba and the United States facing Belize. The trio could miss up to four Timbers league matches during the Gold Cup.

Piquionne's Martinique team is training in the Portland area for the Gold Cup and will play the Timbers U-23s on Saturday at Buckman Field in northeast Portland. That match is open to the public.