Dillon Powers played full match a day after receiving 40 stitches above eye
Colorado Rapids rookie Dillon Powers is one bad man.
Powers went the full 90 last Saturday against Seattle roughly 24 hours after receiving 40 stitches above his right following a collision with teammate Atiba Harris at the tail end of Friday's training session.
"We were doing set pieces and the ball got headed up in the air," Powers explained to ColoradoRapids.com on Wednesday. "We both went for it, but I didn't see him and we hit heads."
Powers and Harris were both lined up on the same team when they both attacked a header in the box. While Harris didn't seem affected, Powers had suffered a laceration that stretched the length of his right eyebrow.
The 22-year-old said he didn't feel any concussion symptoms after the collision. He was cleaned up by the team athletic trainers and sent to have the gash closed up.
"It wasn't too bad," Powers said of playing with the stitches. "They did a great job stitching it up. I had to go to a plastic surgeon because (the cut) was pretty deep. He layered the stitches in and did a really good job."
Once the game began Powers said he tried not to think about the injury, which was covered by a small bandaid.
"The only thing I was worried about is for it to open up," he said. "But I only had a few headers and they were on my left side."
Powers, who will have the stitches removed on Thursday, put in another solid performance against the Sounders. He completed 50 passes and recovered possession nine times on his way to being named the Rapids Man of the Match.