SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Dillon Powers

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By DAN KARELL

With multiple starters out of the lineup, including their leading scorer and provider from last season, the Colorado Rapids needed someone to step up for their match against Portland.

On Saturday, that someone was Dillon Powers.

The Notre Dame product scored on a blast from more than 30 yards away in the 18th minute to give the host Rapids a 1-0 lead. Colorado wound up tying Portland, but the goal and overall performance by Powers earned him SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.

It was a close race in MLS Week Five, with Powers edging out Carlos Alvarez of Chivas USA, Devon Sandoval of Real Salt Lake, and Andrew Farrell of New England for this week’s nod.

Powers was the 11th player taken in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, after the Rapids first pick at number six, where they took forward Deshorn Brown. Colorado traded up to get the 11th pick, where they took Powers, who is slowly becoming an integral piece of their starting eleven in central midfield.

What did you think of Powers performance? Which rookie impressed you the most in MLS Week Five?

Share your thoughts below.

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11 Responses to SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Dillon Powers

  1. timothy says:

    His overall play was fantastic. His touch was clean, his passing was accurate, and he was calm under pressure. I’m excited to see him develop in the next few years. If he keeps playing like this, I have no interest in seeing Rivero back

  2. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    What a fantastic strike.

  3. ed - houston says:

    Nice Colorado, never heard of this Rookie. Too bad you could not hold the lead to add more pressure on the timbers.

  4. Big Chil says:

    That’s right.

  5. Big Chil says:

    Powers is impressive on the ball, and the team is increasingly looking to him as the first outlet when under pressure. I would say he fades a little bit in the second halves, but he’s still a rookie. He’s going to be an important part of this team going forward. Can’t wait for Rivero to return, and have Powers play alongside him as the box-to-box guy.

  6. Shane says:

    Wouldnt have even given Powers Rookie of the Rapids because I thought Shane O’Neill was better on the day.

  7. Zac Mac says:

    Powers had a great goal, but if Devon Sandoval would have scored, he would HAVE to be Rookie of the Week. He had the best week of any rookie without getting his name on the score sheet.

  8. Brian B Miller says:

    I think he inherited some of his skills from his uncle Tim Powers a little known legend from St Louis