Pareja on Powers' availability against Vancouver: "If there's any risk, he won't take part"
It's appearing more and more likely that Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers will miss his second straight match on Saturday when the Vancouver Whitecaps visit Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Powers said he suffered a concussion on October 5 when he and Seattle defender Zach Scott clashed heads when both jumped to head a ball. The rookie missed the Rapids match at San Jose on Oct. 9 and remained limited in training this week. Although Friday's session was light, Powers was not outside with the rest of the group.
"We kept him inside (Friday) to do the protocol for recovering and we'll check at the end of the day," coach Oscar Pareja told reporters after training. "He has already passed a test, but we are waiting to test him in another one that is important for us in knowing how he feels."
On Tuesday Powers worked out on his own adjacent to the team training session.
"I'm feeling the best I've felt since I took the knock," Powers said at the time.
Among the symptoms he experienced, Powers said he felt "a little dizzy and out of it" the week after the collision.
The 22-year-old wore a protective headpiece during his Tuesday workout, and remained in good spirits despite the setback.
"They ran out of hats," Powers joked of the padded helmet. "I was testing it out. I would probably wear it for the rest of the season, so we'll see how it goes."
Powers has appeared in 30 of the club's 32 games, tied with Drew Moor and Clint Irwin for most on the team. He'll need to pass all MLS required concussion protocols before being available to resume playing.
"The health of the player is the priority, despite the importance of the game," Pareja said. "We want to take care of any athlete first. If there's any risk, he won't take part (Saturday)."
Powers said this is the first time he's been diagnosed with a concussion.
"There's obviously a lot more awareness now," Powers said. "I'm definitely taking it more serious than I was before, now that I've had one."
Among the options to replace Powers in the lineup are Nick LaBrocca and Martin Rivero.