Caleb Porter has added another Akron alum to his Portland outfit.
The Timbers acquired Darren Mattocks from Vancouver on Monday for general allocation money, reuniting him with Porter and fellow ex-Zips like Darlington Nagbe and Zarek Valentin.
Portland’s started the season 1-1, while the ‘Caps are a disappointing 0-2. It could be addition by subtraction for Vancouver, as the streaky Mattocks has failed to live up to expectations in British Columbia.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to add Darren Mattocks to our roster as another dynamic attacking option,” said Caleb Porter, head coach of the Timbers. “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.”
It’s not a bad risk for Porter, who knows the player well. Mattocks has 12 goals in 31 caps for Jamaica and has 6- and 7-goal seasons under his belt despite falling out of favor with Carl Robinson.
Mattocks went second overall in 2012 SuperDraft, one pick behind Andrew Wenger and ahead of such standouts as Kelyn Rowe, Ethan Finlay, Matt Hedges and Dom Dwyer.
He’ll also have to overcome the strong start of another reclamation project in Jack McInerney, who scored Sunday for the Timbers.
Portland also signed Fanendo Adi to a new contract.