The two Vancouver Whitecaps youngsters impressed their more senior teammates as they starred in their club's 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo Sunday at BC Place.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – How good were Darren Mattocks and Gershon Koffie in the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo on Sunday?
Well, to listen to their teammates, both players share one thing in common – they both have the potential to move to some of the best leagues in the world.
“If I’m an agent, I would like to take him and bring him somewhere – no, I’m joking!” Davide Chiumiento told Goal.com with a laugh following the match. “Koffie, for me, for his age, he’s amazing. He has incredible qualities. Physically, his body, one against one, he’s stronger than a lot of players in this league, and he’s still 20. His feet are really good. He has a good view. I think he can be a big player – it’s difficult to keep players like that in this league.
“He’s still young and he has to grow, but I’m sure I will see him in a big team one day.”
Mattocks’ two goals, including a smashing fourth minute opener and a coolly taken 66th minute game winner, set the tone for the match and proved the difference.
“I think it’s just the tip of the iceberg for him,” goalkeeper Joe Cannon said. “With his speed, he’s just going to keep getting better. We’re going to keep working with him, but nothing surprises me with him. I really hold him in high regard, and it would be great to see him play not only here, but move on.”
But it’s still early days yet, and presumably there’s plenty of time for Mattocks to delight the Vancouver faithful before any such move if it transpires down the line.
It was, after all, only his second Major League Soccer start – but he does have three goals now from his first five league appearances.
“One thing about him is that he creates chances,” head coach Martin Rennie said of Mattocks following the match. “He scored two today and created four or five, maybe even six chances. If he’s playing, then almost every game he’s going to create something. If he’s consistent with his finishing, he could score a lot of goals.”
Koffie was equally dominant in midfield, and seemed to be on the same wavelength as Mattocks, as time after time he hit balls in behind the Houston backline.
“There’s been a couple of other games where he’s played well in spells, but that’s probably the most consistent 90 minutes overall,” Rennie said. “He wasn’t the only one, but I thought at times he was excellent.”
The Whitecaps, now 6-3-4, are back in action on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids at BC Place.