The 24-year-old American spent four weeks on trial with the Royals between November and December following the end of the 2015 MLS regular season and made a positive impression on then-manager Steve Clarke.
Clarke even suggested early last month that the club would likely pursue his signature on a permanent basis once the winter transfer window opened, telling Get Reading: “He’s done well. I think he’s enjoyed it and we’ve enjoyed having him so it’s something that we can look at in January.
“Obviously there are a lot of discussions to come between now and then, but he hasn’t done himself any harm.”
However, Powers’ hopes of landing a move to Reading now look to have been dashed with the sacking of Clarke last month, just two weeks after the Scot turned down the manager’s job at Championship rivals Fulham to remain at the Madejski Stadium.
Brian McDermott has taken charge of the club for a second time since he returned to the USA and Get Reading claims that the new boss does not intend to follow up his predecessor’s interest in the 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year.
The news does not necessarily mean that Powers will be staying in MLS for 2016, however, having established himself as one of the league’s most promising domestic prospects since being selected out of Notre Dame with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 SuperDraft.
The former US Under-20 international, who has recorded 13 goals and 21 assists in 92 regular season appearances for the Rapids, has been linked with Serie A sides Atalanta and Palermo in the past and also been open about his desire to move to Europe since securing an Italian passport last winter [h/t MLSsoccer.com].
He could have potentially formed an excellent midfield partnership with compatriot Danny Williams at Reading, but their loss could now be someone else’s gain.
In addition, the Royals also look unlikely to sign fellow American Gyasi Zardes in January.
Former boss Clarke previously admitted in early December that the LA Galaxy striker was on his radar ahead of the transfer window, but with the club’s interest cooling since his departure, a potential move now looks to be off.
Speaking to the MLS side’s official website earlier this week about Zardes’ future, head coach Bruce Arena said: “We fully anticipate having Gyasi back with the Galaxy [for 2016].”
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