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Mattocks vows to keep taking chances for DC United

By August 07, 2018
DC United striker Darren Mattocks. DC United striker Darren Mattocks.

Jamaica international Darren Mattocks has vowed to improve on arguably his most successful season since joining Major League Soccer (MLS) six years ago.

Approaching a third of the way through the campaign for DC United, the forward has already netted a team-high 8 goals in 13 league appearances.  The figure has already surpassed the career-best seven the player scored in the 2012 season as a rookie.

Mattocks, who joined the club from Portland Timbers at the start of the season, has put the increased production down to being given a new lease on life so to speak and has promised that there is more to come.

“Still got ways to go, you know what I mean, but so far so good,” Mattocks said of his play so far.

“It’s all down to getting chances, and when you get your chances, like, you’ve got to take it. So far, I’m getting my chance and so far, I’m taking it.”

With the addition of Manchester United goal scoring great Wayne Rooney to the squad, however, concerns have been raised about a possible limitation of the striker’s role.  According to DC United coach Ben Olsen, however, the club hopes to accommodate both players. 

“There’s certainly going to be some additions and then it’ll be competitive, and I know Darren’s up for the challenge of keeping a spot and keeping his form and doing what he does, whether it’s starting, whether it’s coming off the bench, whether he’s playing with another player.”

 

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