Whitecaps FC 3, Dynamo 1

After some early bad luck off the field, Darren Mattocks is

showing why he was the second overall pick in this year’s MLS

Superdraft.

Mattocks scored in each half to help the Vancouver Whitecaps

beat the Houston Dynamo 3-1 on Sunday.

The 21-year-old speedster missed about six weeks earlier in the

season while recovering from severe burns suffered during a cooking

accident at home. He’s been back for a month, but had played just

100 minutes before Sunday’s victory.

”When you get your chance you just have to make full use of

it,” said Mattocks, who is now tied for the team lead with three

goals.

Jordan Harvey added a late goal as Vancouver won the opener of a

three-game homestand. Joe Cannon made three saves in the Whitecaps’

first game since May 26.

Substitute Macoumba Kandji scored for Houston.

Mattocks scored 21 times in 22 games at the University of Akron

last season and scored in the 90th minute of Vancouver’s 1-1 tie

with Portland two weeks ago.

”I know I’m capable of scoring goals,” he said. ”That never

came back into my mind. I just wanted to get back into the playing

pitch as fast as possible and do what I was brought here to

do.”

Mattocks opened the scoring in the fourth minute with his second

goal in as many games. Young-Pyo Lee rushed down the right side and

centered the ball to the streaking Mattocks, who one-timed a volley

past Tally Hall.

The 21-year-old Mattocks put the Whitecaps in front 2-0 in the

66th minute, converting a feed from Gershon Koffie.

”One thing about him is he creates chances,” Vancouver coach

Martin Rennie said. ”Today he created maybe four, five or six

chances. If he gets consistent with his finish he can score a lot

of goals.”

The Dynamo cut the Vancouver lead in half in the 83rd minute

when Kandji took a pass from Brian Ownby and fired a shot past

Cannon for his first goal with Houston.

But Vancouver put the game out of reach in the 88th minute when

Harvey took a pass from Koffie and beat Hall for the defender’s

first goal since 2010.

Mattocks also scored the tying goal two weeks ago when he came

on to score in the 90th minute of a 1-1 tie with Portland.

Houston’s Brian Ching blocked a Cannon goal kick in the 28th

minute but failed to take advantage, firing the ball high and

wide.

Cannon made up for that mistake in the 41st minute with a great

save on Bobby Boswell. The Houston defender had lots of time after

taking a cross at the top of the box, but Cannon jumped high and to

his right to punch the ball out of harm’s way.

The game was the only contest on the MLS schedule. Many players

are away from their clubs, currently participating in 2014 World

Cup qualifying tournaments.

”You look at the stages of the season and we started a new one

today,” Vancouver captain Jay DeMerit said. ”To start off on that

note is a major positive.”

Vancouver host Colorado on Saturday, while Houston welcomes FC

Dallas.