Mattocks to leave DC United

By Sports Desk November 29, 2018

Jamaica international Darren Mattocks will end his stint with Major League Soccer (MLS) club DC United, despite having the best league season of his professional career.

The 28-year-old scored 10 goals in 21 appearances for DC United after scoring five goals in his first 10 appearances.  The problems for the forward, however, surfaced after the arrival of former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney who regulated the player to a bench role.

The need to remain a starter will force the player, who joined the club earlier this season, to seek first team football opportunities elsewhere.

“He was pretty clear he wanted to play regularly,” DC United General Manager Dave Kasper said.

“With Wayne here, it was always going to be hard for him to get onto the field."

Mattocks, who was not offered a contract extension, is eligible for the MLS reentry draft next month.  The Jamaica will be among several players not returning next season. United announced Wednesday that it has declined contract options on three regulars Yamil Asad, Nick DeLeon and Kofi Opare and and six reserves, Ian Harkes, Vytautas Andriuskevicius, Kevin Ellis, Jared Jeffrey, Dane Kelly and Bruno Miranda.

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