NEW YORK – Portland Timbers defender Alvas Powell was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week by the North American Soccer Reporters, it was announced Tuesday.

In the Timbers home opener, Powell electrified the Providence Park crowd with a goal and an assist during Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Minnesota United FC. Through four starts this season, Powell has one goal and one assist. With its first victory of the season, Portland sits tied for ninth in the Western Conference (1-3-2, 5 points).

The Jamaican international gave Portland fans something to cheer about early, taking the ball near midfield and using his speed to dribble through multiple defenders towards goal. Powell unleashed a rocket from the right side of goal to beat goalkeeper Matt Lampson near post for a 1-0 Timbers advantage in the 20th minute.

Moments later, Powell had another moment of brilliance, sending a cross from the right side of the field to set up Diego Valeri’s right-footed flick to give Portland a 2-0 lead in the 23rd minute.

Portland returns to action to host New York City FC at Providence Park Sunday at 6 p.m. ET (FS1/TSN2).

The player of the week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of the North American Soccer Reporters. The organization includes print, television, radio and online journalists who cover domestic men’s soccer in the United States and Canada.