Mattocks shines as Whitecaps topple Dynamo

Mattocks shines as Whitecaps topple Dynamo

MLS- Houston Dynamo

Mattocks shines as Whitecaps topple Dynamo


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Rookie Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks came into the league with high-expectations as a speed goal-scoring threat and on Sunday he showed just what all the hype was about.

The No. 2 pick in January's MLS Draft torched the Dynamo defense to the tune of two goals as the Whitecaps posted a 3-1 victory at BC Place.

Vancouver took full advantage of a Houston side missing defensive starters Geoff Cameron and Andre Hainault, both away on national team duty, as the pace of Mattocks and skills of Gershon Koffie proved too much for the Dynamo to handle. He scored goals in the fourth minute and 66th minute to put Vancouver in control.

Macoumba Kandji pulled the Dynamo within a goal in the 83rd minute, but Jordan Harvey sealed matters in the 88th minute with a beautiful finish.

What did you think of the match? See Mattocks as a viable Rookie of the Year candidate? Surprised to see Houston's defense torn apart, or should it be expected without Cameron and Hainault around?

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