MLS: Mauro Rosales is returning to Vancouver, and Alvas Powell’s a full-time Timber

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This time around, Mauro Rosales will get to start the year with the Whitecaps.

Vancouver signed the veteran playmaker to a deal on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed, but the player said he wants to play another two or three years. The Argentinian midfielder turns 34 in February.

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Rosales began last season with Chivas USA before the Goats sent him to Vancouver in exchange for Nigel Reo-Coker. He picked up 11 assists between the two teams after three seasons in Seattle, where Rosales recorded 12 goals and 34 assists.

From MLSSoccer.com:

“I’m very excited to sign for the club again for next year,” Rosales told reporters in a conference call from Argentina on Tuesday afternoon. “I had other options but always knowing what I had here in Vancouver. I spent my last three months with them, and I know what I’m going to face.

“I don’t want to be in a place that I may have an uncertain future. I’m not going to know what’s going to happen at another club. Everything that Vancouver gave me in the last three months was more than I could expect from the other teams that I had offers.”

From a veteran to a youngster, as Portland secured the rights to Alvas Powell from Portmore. The Timbers defender made 15 appearances, 11 of those starts, on loan from the Jamaican club last season, but now is full-time Portland player. He scored two goals and added two assists last season, and turned 20 in July.