A Successful Trip To Kansas City
Most observers believed that Montreal was leaning towards Jamaican import and Akron University graduate Darren Mattocks, who carries a huge offensive upside.
However, the Impact ended up going for Andrew Wenger, a highly versatile talent who is able to play anywhere on the park.
The surprise here is that of all the commodities that are prized in soccer, the most coveted, and not coincidentally the rarest, is goal scoring ability.
This quality is exceptionally hard to find and Mattocks is a pure scorer.
A ratio of one goal in every three games is considered to be a reasonable rate for a striker, and Mattocks managed an astonishing 39 tallies in 47 career matches over the past two collegiate seasons.
Even though the Whitecaps are highly in need of help in the midfield, it was impossible for Vancouver to ignore the Jamaican’s prowess when Mattocks fell into their lap after Montreal’s selection of Wenger.
The way I see it there are five crucial advantages to having Mattocks on the Vancouver Whitecaps roster.
5. Goals! Goals! Goals!
Strikers have one main role and that is to score. Mattocks certainly know where the back of the net is found.
4. International Experience.
As a member of the Olympic team pool in Jamaica, Mattocks is able to train with more experienced international players and will be exposed to a high level of competition outside MLS.
This can only help Vancouver.
The speed of the Jamaican also allows him to be used as a highly effective substitute later in matches to attack tired defenders.
2. Attacking options.
Complementary playing style: Mattocks excels at finding space behind the defence, and his method of play contrasts with the other strikers. This will allow the team to experiment with various formations and game plans.
Obviously there are not enough minutes to go around, so the Whitecaps have now gained a huge amount of leverage in trades over other teams who are likely to come looking for help.
They can package one or more to acquire midfield support.
New Whitecaps headman Martin Rennie was quoted as saying, “Darren has great pace and an ability to get behind the opposition, he has power, athleticism, and a good eye for the goal, which is always hard to find. He also brings a solid scoring record and we are extremely pleased we were able to select Darren.”
With the 21st overall pick, the Whitecaps selected defender Chris Estridge from Indiana University. Estridge, 22, comes to Vancouver after two productive seasons with Indiana in NCAA Division I.
The 5‐foot-11, 160-pound defender – who can also play in midfield – scored three goals and recorded five assists in 22 appearances during his senior year with the Hoosiers.