Mattocks jumps into glory

In the odd chance you didn’t see Darren Mattocks’ gravity-defying goal last night against Toronto FC, you’re in the right place.

Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of pretty goals, but nothing quite like this one. I’m not even going to bother trying to describe it, because anything I say won’t do it justice. See for yourself:

Social media was abuzz today with talk of the goal, and so was the Vancouver Whitecaps FC office. We did a few follow-up pieces for, including my story on the Jamaican’s “sheer athleticism,” as Whitecaps strength and conditioning coach Mike Young described it. Here’s his full quote:

“In terms of this league, I don’t think there’s anyone that can compare in sheer athleticism.”

High praise for a 21-year-old rookie.

As usual, Young had a lot of insight to offer. He suspects Mattocks’ leap was up around 40 inches — well above the 20-24 inch average. The average Jamaican can jump well above 30 inches, Young said, and he’s seen a handful of them reach 50 inches.

“It’s frightening sometimes,” he said.

TFC defender Logan Emory would surely agree.

Farhan Devji
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