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Published:Tuesday | September 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Video replays by next year?

FIFA President Sepp Blatter wants to test the use of video replays in matches by next year. Speaking at the SoccerEx conference in a pre-recorded video, Blatter says he wants TV replays used in a domestic league and at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand in 2015.

Blatter says "we could test such challenge calls".

Coaches would have the right, once or twice in each half, to challenge a refereeing decision. Blatter has portrayed himself as a champion of technology since reversing his opposition to goal-line aids, which were used at the World Cup in Brazil for the first time.


Powell scores again for Timbers

Jamaica's Alvas Powell scored his second goal in successive games, as Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes played out a goal-filled 3-3 draw in Major League Soccer on Sunday.

Powell and Liam Ridgewell found the net for Portland, who were trailing until Ghanaian winger Kalif Alhassan scored in the 86th minute to earn the Portland Timbers their draw.

Alhassan equalised after Chris Wondolowski had scored his second for San Jose, when he ran on to a loose ball in the penalty area and slotted a shot past goalkeeper Jon Busch. Cordell Cato also scored for San Jose.

Portland moved into sole possession of the fifth and final playoff position in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Vancouver Whitecaps. San Jose are eight points behind the Timbers.

In action the previous week, Powell had scored in the Timbers' 3-0 victory over Vancouver.

The defender is a member of Jamaica's squad for this evening's international football friendly against Canada, which takes place at the BMO Field in Toronto at 6:30 p.m. (Jamaica time).