PORTLAND, Oregon, (CMC):Jamaica international Darren Mattocks scored his first goal for his new club Portland Timbers but it proved in vain as the hosts crashed to a 3-1 defeat to FC Dallas at Providence Park.The 25-year-old, who joined Portland last month after four years with the Vancouver Whitecaps, came off the bench in the 65th minute in the Wednesday night contest to pull one back for his side two minutes later, and rescue some pride after they had conceded three first-half goals.Portland now lie one from bottom in the western conference with five points from six games.FC Dallas, featuring St Kitts and Nevis international Atiba Harris, started quickly and were ahead as early as the fourth minute when Michael Barrios finished from close range.Colombian Fabian Castillo doubled the lead in the 26th minute before Tesho Akindele capitalised on a poor clearance inside the box, to force a shot past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey.In need of a lift, Portland turned to the pacey Mattocks and he rewarded them with a well taken goal in the 67th minute.Defender Chris Klute got down the left and sent a searching ball into the box which Walker Zimmerman failed to clear. The ball fell to Mattocks who curled his shot into the upper right hand corner, from about ten yards out.Despite the strike, Portland could not find a way back and FC Dallas held onto the scoreline.
Defending champions Waterhouse and Arnett Gardens will battle today in the teams’ last chance at silverware this season in the Locker Room-Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell Knockout football final at Sabina Park in Kingston, starting at 4 p.m. Both teams will look to make up for disappointment in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) by finishing the 2015-16 local football season on a high. The winning trophy apart, the teams will fight for the top cash incentive of $400,000 and, of course, bragging rights in the Corporate Area’s premier knockout competition. For the losers, the second place prize is $250,000. Third and fourth-place teams will earn $150,000 and $100,000, respectively. Relegation Last season’s champions, Arnett were knocked out of the race for the national league last Sunday when they drew 2-2 with Montego Bay United in the return-leg semi-final (they had lost the first leg 1-2), while Waterhouse struggled throughout that league and were saved from relegation on the final match day of the season. Now, the teams are ready to continue their long-time rivalry. Also, each team has won the title five times apiece and the winner would move one title behind the team to have won the most, Harbour View FC, with seven titles. Coach of defending champions, Waterhouse Anthony Patrick said his team is looking forward to ending the season on a high. “The team and community are optimistic. After a break, we returned to training last week. We are short on a few players for different reasons. However, the other players are upbeat,” said Patrick, who was in charge when the team won last season. Waterhouse’s self-proclaimed saviour, Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, Andre Leslie and Kenroy Howell are expected to lead the attack in their quest to retain the title. Meanwhile, Arnett will be coming with the same intention of finishing the season with silverware. “The motivation is always a factor after faltering in the Premier League,” Arnett’s long-serving coach Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite told The Sunday Gleaner. “We know the importance of winning this trophy in memory of Jackie Bell. The physical condition is there, so we will continue to work on the mental aspect,” he said. Arnett will look to captain Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson, Ranike Anderson, Kemal Malcolm, Vishinul Harris, among others, to capture the title for the sixth time. Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell died along with his close friend, Dennis Ziadie, in Mexico City while attending the FIFA World Cup Finals in June 1986. Bell was president and coach of Santos FC at the time. He was also a former national player. read more