Trinidad and Tobago international Noah Powder has signed with Indy Eleven, bringing more than 100 games of experience in the USL Championship to his new club. | Photo courtesy Isaiah J. Downing / Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven announced on Friday it had signed Trinidad and Tobago international defender Noah Powder, bringing aboard the former USL Championship title winner as it builds toward the new season. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
“Once interest came to my attention from Indy Eleven, I was immediately intrigued,” said Powder. “I really feel like Coach Mark Lowry’s style of play best suits the way I see and play the game. I’m excited a deal could get done and I’m ready to get to work for the 2022 season.”
Powder brings six seasons of professional experience to the Boys in Blue, including title-winning seasons in the USL Championship with Real Monarchs SLC (2019) and New York Red Bulls II (2016). Powder split his 2021 campaign between the Monarchs and Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer, where he started in two of his seven appearances in regular season action.
“For me, Noah Powder is one of the best left backs outside of MLS and has been for the past couple of seasons,” said Lowry, whose teams faced Powder five times since 2019 while at the helm of El Paso Locomotive FC. “He has had, and still has, a lot of MLS interest, so to get him to Indy Eleven shows the intent of this club and where we want to be.”
In six seasons in the USL Championship, the native of Edison, N.J., has collected 11 goals and nine assists in 103 combined regular season (96) and postseason (7) appearances. After coming up through the New York Red Bulls Academy system, Powder made his professional debut at the age of 17 during a two-season stint with the Red Bulls II from 2016-17, helping the squad to the top record in the Championship’s regular season in 2016 and a trophy-lifting finish to the playoffs that followed.
He then joined Orange County SC for the 2018 campaign, and then got another taste of postseason glory in 2019, starting his three-year tenure with the Monarchs by figuring prominently in their title run, including scoring the final tally in a 3-1 victory against Louisville City FC in the Final.
Eligible to represent Trinidad & Tobago through his father born in Tobago, Powder represented the Soca Warriors 13 times in competitions at the U-17 and U-20 levels towards the start of his pro career before earning his first full senior team call up just under a year ago. Powder made six appearances for the country, several of which came in crucial contests alongside his new teammate, Eleven midfielder Neveal Hackshaw. After making his full international debut on Feb. 1, in a friendly against the United States, Powder appeared twice off the bench in Concacaf region qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup last spring before starting two of his three appearances in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup in July.