After it was widely rumored that Darren Mattocks was going to be involved in a trade with the Portland Timbers, the deal finally went through Monday, as the Whitecaps received general allocation money, targeted allocation money and a 2017 international roster spot for their forward.
Mattocks, who played in 22 games (nine starts) for Vancouver last season and scored three goals, will join former Zips Darlington Nagbe, Michael Nanchoff, Ben Zemanski and will be reunited with his former coach, Caleb Porter, in Portland. He can also compare haircare tips with Diego Chara.
The Whitecaps will also receive a percentage of future proceeds if Mattocks is transferred somewhere outside the league.
While Mattocks hasn't produced much for Vancouver in recent years, he really came on during the 2015 Gold Cup. His runs were good and his goal against the U.S. helped the Reggae Boyz knock the Americans out of the tournament.
He formed a great connection with Alvas Powell and Jermaine Taylor during their time with the Jamaican national team and now he will join those two in training every day.
If he can fight off strong competition by Lucas Melano and newcomer Jack McInerney, the Akron connection that is already massively prevalent in Portland will only grow stronger.