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Rooney hails Mattocks impact as super sub

By September 14, 2018
Darren Mattocks Darren Mattocks

Former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has hailed the impact of Jamaica striker Darren Mattocks who came off the bench to score a crucial goal for DC United on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old, who was in the pink of form before the England player’s arrival, has largely been relegated to substitute appearances since Rooney’s arrival at the Major League Soccer (MLS) club.  Against Minnesota on Wednesday, the Reggae Boy came off the bench to score his 10th goal of the season, his best output to date.  The goal was his second in 95 minutes of action as a sub since Rooney’s midseason arrival dropped him from a starting role.  

Rooney, who has netted 4 goals in 11 starts for the club, claims he was understanding of the Jamaican’s plight but commended the player for staying sharp and ready. 

“I understand the situation he’s in, and we need him,” Rooney said of Mattocks after Wednesday’s win.

“If I’m honest, I didn’t even know he was back until we come into the dressing room today. It was great for us to have that threat with his pace and full credit to him for getting back and being ready for tonight.”

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