Jamaica’s Mattocks has clear goals

Darren Mattocks (#21) has scored in each of Jamaica's three games, thus far, in the 2014 Caribbean Cup.

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- For Jamaica, Darren Mattocks has found his scoring boots --- laces and all.

Three goals in many games is perhaps more than he bargained for, but the Vancouver Whitecaps striker is not complaining.  He has taken his good fortune in the 2014 CFU Caribbean Cup in stride.

As Jamaica powered into the final with a 2-0 win over Haiti in the decisive Group B match on Sunday night at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, Mattocks was again on the scoresheet, nailing down the game for Jamaica in the 20th minute. 

His strike followed that of Derby Country’s Simon Dawkins seven minutes earlier.

In its previous outings, Jamaica was held to a 1-1 draw by Martinique, before posting a 3-0 victory over Antigua & Barbuda.

With only the championship match to be played on Tuesday night against Trinidad & Tobago, Mattocks’ appetite for goals remains as ravenous as ever.

“I am never satisfied whether I score one, two or three goals,” said the 24-year-old.  “I am never satisfied whether I score single or double digit goals in a season, I always feel like I can do more.

“But coming from the Whitecaps and coming to Jamaica and scoring goals is good for me, and hopefully when I go back to Vancouver, I can transfer that form.”

Mattocks believes his Montego Bay success is due in the main to the support he’s received from teammates on and off the field.

“I am not going to take all the credit for my goals, I have to give credit to my teammates,” he expressed. 

The second overall pick by Vancouver in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft also spoke glowingly of his on-field partnership with Bodo/Glimt’s Dane Richards, which has been evident throughout the Caribbean Cup.

“Dane and I are very close friends and when he left (New York) Red Bulls and came to the Whitecaps in my very first year, I think from there we had a very good chemistry,” the former Waterhouse FC player recalled.  “But also we have a very good friendship and I think our friendship off the field transfers to the field.  I told Dane at the hotel that whenever you get behind, play it across early and I am going to get there, and that’s what he did in the Antigua game and I scored.”

Mattocks has scored six goals for Jamaica in 17 appearances.