As a youngster, Powers played for hometown club Andromeda SC and Plano Senior High School. He was named the Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year in his senior year before going on to play for Notre Dame.
After college, Powers was drafted eleventh overall in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids. He became an instant hit with the team and was often shortlisted for the Rookie of the Year award by several pundits. After the conclusion of the Rapids' season, Powers did win the Rookie of the Year award ahead of teammate Deshorn Brown.