Mattocks leads Whitecaps past Dynamo 3-1

The Associated Press
Mattocks leads Whitecaps past Dynamo 3-1
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Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Joe Cannon tumbles to the ground after diving for a Houston Dynamo shot during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Darren Mattocks scored a goal in each half to help the Vancouver Whitecaps beat the Houston Dynamo 3-1 on Sunday.

Jordan Harvey added a late goal as Vancouver won the opener of a three-game homestand. Joe Cannon made three saves in the Whitecaps' first game since May 26.

Substitute Macoumba Kandji scored for Houston.

Mattocks, the second overall pick in this year's MLS Superdraft, opened the scoring in the fourth minute with his second goal in as many games. Young-Pyo Lee rushed down the right side and centered the ball to a streaking Mattocks, who one-timed a volley past Talley Hall.

The 21-year-old Mattocks put the Whitecaps in front 2-0 in the 66th minute, converting a feed from Gershon Koffie.

The Dynamo cut the Vancouver lead in half in the 83rd minute when Kandji took a pass from Brian Ownby and fired a shot past Cannon for his first goal with Houston.

But Vancouver put the game out of reach in the 88th minute when Harvey took a pass from Koffie and beat Hall for the defender's first goal since 2010.

Mattocks also scored the tying goal two weeks ago when he came on to score in the 90th minute of a 1-1 tie with Portland.

Houston's Brian Ching blocked a Cannon goal kick in the 28th minute but failed to take advantage, firing the ball high and wide.

Cannon made up for that mistake in the 41st minute with a great save on Bobby Boswell. The Houston defender had lots of time after taking a cross at the top of the box, but Cannon jumped high and to his right to punch the ball out of harm's way.

The game was the only contest on the MLS schedule. Many players are away from their clubs, currently participating in 2014 World Cup qualifying tournaments.

Vancouver host Colorado on Saturday, while Houston welcomes FC Dallas.