With the second overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, Vancouver Whitecaps FC today selected Jamaican striker Darren Mattocks from the University of Akron. A speedy goalscorer with game-changing qualities, Mattocks signed a Generation adidas contract with Major League Soccer on December 20, 2011.
“Darren has great pace and an ability to get behind the opposition,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie. “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.”
Mattocks, 21, comes to Vancouver after two outstanding seasons with Akron. As a sophomore, the 6-foot, 155-pound striker finished second in scoring in NCAA Division I with 21 goals in 22 appearances with the Zips. The Caribbean forward’s efforts made him a semifinalist for the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy as the top male player in NCAA Division I soccer. He was named Mid-American Conference (MAC) Player of the Year and to the All-MAC First Team for a second straight year.
“This will be my first time coming to Canada, so I’m very excited,” said Mattocks. “It’s always going to be a challenge coming to a new environment, but hopefully, I can adjust quickly and show my stuff.”
As a freshman, Mattocks was named MAC Newcomer of the Year after finishing third in NCAA Division I scoring (second among freshmen) with 18 goals in 25 appearances for the Zips in 2010. The striker’s efforts that year earned him Freshman All-American honours with College Soccer News, Goal.com, Soccer America, and Top Drawer Soccer.
A native of Portmore, Jamaica, Mattocks is currently a member of the Jamaican U-23 Olympic team player pool.
Born: September 2, 1990, in Portmore, Jamaica
Hometown: Portmore, Jamaica
Last Club: University of Akron (National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I)
How Acquired: Selected second overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by Whitecaps FC on January 12, 2012
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