Darren Mattocks, portrait, 4.25.17
Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Timbers Roots | Darren Mattocks' Jamaican home and sports heroes

Portland Timbers players come from a variety of countries and various parts of the United States. Different languages, different cultures. Timbers Roots takes a look at some of the origins of Portland players to learn more about where they came from before they were part of The Rose City.

This latest edition: Darren Mattocks. A first-round MLS SuperDraft pick in 2012, Mattocks spent 5 years with Vancouver Whitecaps FC before being traded to the Timbers in 2016. The 26-year-old forward has recorded two goals and three assists in his career with Portland–his most recent goal being the game-winner last weekend against the Whitecaps at Providence Park.

What is the name of the first team you ever played on?
Passage Fort FC

What position did you play?
Attacking Mid

What is the name of your hometown?
Portmore, Jamaica

Who was your favorite sports hero growing up?
Steven Gerrard and Alessandro Del Piero


What is your favorite thing to do in your hometown?
Spend time with family and friends

What’s one unique fact about where you came from?
All the houses are joined together

What is your favorite home-cooked meal?
Stew chicken and rice


What is your favorite thing to do in Portland?
Walk around with my family