Posted on July 5, 2012
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Jamaican native Darren Mattocks continued his fine rookie season with yet another winning goal for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wendesday night.
Mattocks scored his fourth goal in eight matches — in the 43rd minute — to life the Whitecaps to a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer action.
Besides the ecstasy for tallying the lone goal, it was agony as well for the young Jamaican as Mattocks was awarded his fifth yellow card of the season, meaning he will sit out Vancouver’s game at Chivas USA on Saturday night.
But that did not stop coach Martin Rennie from praising his first year pro player.
“It’s a big win for us on the road in a tough place to come,” Rennie told the Vancouver Sun. “It’s very hot here and obviously a big night for the Rapids being the Fourth of July. So for us to come in here and play as disciplined and professional as we did is a big positive.
“And for Darren to do as well as he did defensively and also get the winning goal was a huge performance from an excellent young player.”
Former Rapid Jordan Harvey played in a cross that Colorado defender Drew Moor misplayed on the edge of the penaty area. Mattocks pounced on the ball and slotted past Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens for his fourth goal of the season.
Vancouver (8-4-5, 29 points) recorded its third road win this season while the Rapids (22) fell to 7-9-1.
Photo: Darren Mattocks has scored four goals in eight games for Vancouver. Andy Mead/MLS Photo
Categories: Caribbean, Jamaica
Tags: Colorado Rapids, Darren Mattocks, Drew Moor, Major League Soccer, Martin Rennie, Vancouver Whitecaps