Dynamo/Whitecaps game summary
The Jamaican native stunned the Dynamo with a well taken volley just three minutes into the game and proceeded to run the Texan team ragged for the duration of the match, until his late and well deserved substitution.
Mattocks went on to tally another neat finish before his removal, and his speed and movement tormented Houston with every foray forward.
The first goal came from a nice stutter step he used to make space in the Houston box just before YP Lee’s tidy, dipping cross from the right corner.
The second goal came via a side foot strike, following a long run through the middle, that met a sweet right footed flick by midfielder Gershon Koffie over the head of the defenders.
Alain Rochat was very aggressive on this day, frequently leaving the shelter of his posts to punch away searching Houston crosses and shots, but he was helpless on a well struck Macoumba Kandji half volley that drew Houston back within a one goal margin.
However, Koffie curled another ball across the Houston goal that bounced off a Houston defender before being bundled home off the left foot of Vancouver full back Jordan Harvey.
The oft-criticized Vancouver midfield was a revelation today as John Thorrington, Jun Marques Davidson and Koffie strung some neat passes and through balls on this day, providing excellent service to the forwards led by Mattocks.
The play of the central unit perhaps served as a message to incoming import Barry Robson that his presumed hold on a starting role is not guaranteed.
The Whitecaps showed that the week’s break provided ample rest and time to work on tactics. Vancouver made much better use of the field, with several overlapping runs from the full backs that drew the attention of the Houston defence.
This allowed Mattocks, Davide Chiumiento and Sebastien Le Toux to exploit the gaps between the defence and midfield.
Man of the Match
Darren Mattocks has now produced three goals in his last two MLS league matches and his impressive separation from the defence allied with his electric pace more than justified his selection as a starter.
Play of the Match
Vancouver has become well known for their late game heroics, that has allowed them to salvage results from several matches, but the early Mattocks strike demonstrated that a quick lead has even more merit.
“Just happy to get a win, there was some great performances from individual players there tonight. Scoring 3 goals is always a great thing. Mattocks and Koffie were outstanding. Houston are a top team in MLS, and put us under a lot of pressure.
We stood up to that. Came out ok in the end.”
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