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Darren Mattocks scores twice as Vancouver Whitecaps defeat Houston Dynamo 3-1

VANCOUVER - Darren Mattocks scored a goal in each half Sunday as the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-1 in Major League Soccer play.

Jordan Harvey had the other goal for Vancouver (6-3-4), which was playing its first game since May 26.

Houston substitute Macoumba Kandji replied for the Dymano (4-4-4).

Mattocks scored his second of the game to make it 2-0 for Vancouver in the 66th minute.

The Jamaican forward took a feed from Gershon Koffie and fired a right-footed shot past Tally Hall.

The Houston goalkeeper was forced to bat away a line drive off the foot of Koffie in the 71st minute to keep his team's hopes alive at 2-0.

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 Whitecaps 'keeper Joe 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, the second overall pick in the 2012 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 centred the ball to a streaking Mattocks, who one-timed a volley past Hall.

The 21-year-old 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.

Mattocks had a great scoring opportunity in the 22nd minute after taking a feed from Sebastian Le Toux but fired a bouncing ball high over the net.

Houston's Brian Ching blocked a Cannon goalkick 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 off Bobby Boswell. The Houston defender had lots of time after taking a cross at the top of the box, but a Cannon jumped high and to his right to punch the ball out of harm's way.

In the second half, the Whitecaps weathered an early storm by the Dynamo before taking control.

Vancouver's Davide Chiumiento had a nifty play just prior to the 60-minute mark but his shot slid just wide of the post.

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.

The Whitecaps were without Omar Salgado, who was injured while playing for the U.S. under-20 team last week. Michael Boxall is currently with New Zealand's national team for qualifying. Vancouver was also without the injured duo of Atiba Harris and backup goalie Brian Sylvestre.

Houston was without Geoff Cameron, Canadian international Andre Hainault, Je-Vaughn Watson and Jermaine Taylor, who are all involved in qualifying.

Notes: Cannon made three saves on the day, while Hall finished with four. ... With the win, Vancouver moved past Colorado into fourth place in the Western Conference. ... Houston, which had a four-game undefeated streak snapped, missed a chance to move from seventh to fourth in the Eastern Conference standings. ... Attendance at B.C. Place Stadium was 18,811. ... Vancouver host Colorado on Saturday, while Houston welcomes Dallas FC.

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