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Alvas Powell to Return for Saturday's Match Against Vancouver Whitecaps

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According to a tweet from Marc Webber, the Vancouver Whitecaps beat writer for the Vancouver Providence, the Portland Timbers will have their first choice rightback, Alvas Powell, back from his stint with the Jamaican National Team in time for Saturday's match.

Robbo, in this case, is Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson, who is likely in position to know with his own player, Darron Mattocks, called up to the Jamaican camp.

Powell's ability to get up and down the right flank was instrumental in the Timbers' pair of wins over the Whitecaps last season, scoring his first MLS goal in the Timbers' first of two 3-0 demolitions of Vancouver in 2015, but missing out on the early season 4-3 loss at Providence Park to the Whitecaps.

Powell was not at the Timbers training session today, so it is unclear whether he will join the team in Vancouver on Saturday or join them in Portland tomorrow.

Jamaica play their first of two international friendlies tomorrow, taking on Venezuela at home, then play another on Monday, hosting Cuba. Powell could potentially play in both games and still fly to and from Vancouver in time for the Timbers' match, but it seems more likely that he will miss the match against Venezuela and return to camp with Jamaica for the match against Cuba.