Years after finding success together at the collegiate level, forward Darren Mattocks and manager Caleb Porter are reunited.
The reigning MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers traded for the out-of-favor Vancouver Whitecaps forward Monday, sending targeted allocation money in 2016 and general allocation money and an international roster slot in 2017 to their Cascadia rival. Mattocks starred for Porter at the University of Akron, helping lead the Zips to an NCAA championship in 2010.
Mattocks, a Jamaican international striker, was the second overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and has scored 19 goals in his last four seasons, seven of which came in his rookie campaign. He hadn't appeared for the Whitecaps this season in two games and had attracted attention from clubs in China, according to SI's Grant Wahl.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to add Darren Mattocks to our roster as another dynamic attacking option,” Porter said in a club statement. “Darren is an exciting player that has game-changing pace and has displayed his goal-scoring ability in MLS and with Jamaica. He can provide depth in the striker role or as a winger and will bring another weapon to an already strong attacking group.”
Mattocks scored in Jamaica's 2-1 win over the USA in the Gold Cup semifinals, and the 25-year-old has 10 goals for the Reggae Boyz in his young international career.
Acquiring Mattocks wasn't the only move Portland made to reinforce its attack Monday, as the club signed forward Fanendo Adi to a contract extension as well. Adi was the team's leading scorer in 2015 with 16 goals (and two more in the postseason).