Alvas Powell will have an additional game added to his red card suspension for his wild tackle on the Columbus Crew's Chad Barson in Saturday's 3-3 tie, according to Caleb Porter.
Although the Disciplinary Committee has yet to release their official ruling on the incident, an additional game would be in line with other suspensions handed out this year.
UPDATE: The Disciplinary Committee has confirmed Powell's suspension and have fined the Crew players who swarmed the referee and linesman after the Timbers' third goal. The Committee's release is included below.
Talking to the press after the Portland Timbers' practice today, Porter shared the news of Powell's suspension.
"Last game, that was a bad mistake; the red card early in the game probably cost us two points," Porter said. "Alvas got another game suspension as well. He is going to be out two games."
Powell's card has already received the Simon Borg "Instant Replay" treatment.
Without Powell available for the next two matches, away games on Saturday against the New York Red Bull and next Wednesday against Chivas USA, the Timbers will almost certainly look to Jorge Villafana with Michael Harrington continuing his recovery from an ankle sprain suffered last weekend against the LA Galaxy.
Porter also gave his appraisal of Villafana's shift against the Crew at today's practice.
"I thought he did a nice job. We know he is a good player"
Initially, the Timbers intended to send Powell out to join the Jamaican National Team for a series of friendlies that they are playing. However, after clarifying that he would not be able to serve his suspension while on national team duty, the Timbers elected to keep Powell with the team.
The Disciplinary Committee's press release:
MLS Disciplinary Committee Decisions: Week 11
NEW YORK (May 20, 2014) –The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for his reckless challenge against Montreal Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins in the 60th minute of the game on May 17 (VIDEO). Through the MLS Players Union, Johnson submitted an appeal, which was unsuccessful. The Committee has also fined Johnson an undisclosed amount for his actions towards Montreal Impact defender Wandrille Lefevre that violated the League’s policy regarding hands to the face/head of an opponent in the 60th minute of the game on May 17.
The Committee has suspended Portland Timbers defender Alvas Powell one additional game for serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent against Columbus Crew defender Chad Barson in the 34th minute of the game on May 17 (VIDEO). Powell received a red card on the play.
The Committee has determined the Columbus Crew violated the League’s mass confrontation policy in the 85th minute of the game on May 17 against the Portland Timbers (VIDEO). The Crew and head coach Gregg Berhalter will both receive fines as this is the club’s second infraction this year.