Mattocks admits DC United frustration after being pushed out by Rooney

By Sports Desk April 10, 2019
Cincinnati FC striker Darren Mattocks. Cincinnati FC striker Darren Mattocks.

Jamaica international Darren Mattocks has revealed his frustration at being replaced at DC United by England and Manchester United Wayne Rooney, a move that came amid one of his most productive seasons.

The 28-year-old Jamaican international got off to a hot start in the previous campaign for DC and had scored eight goals in 11 matches before the club acquired Rooney from EPL outfit Everton.  Following the former England captain’s arrival, the player, who had targeted 20 goals, struggled for minutes on the pitch and was clearly dissatisfied with the situation.

 “Going from pretty high to pretty low very, very quickly,” Mattocks said in describing the situation to cincinnatisoccertalk.com.

“It was very frustrating for me. I set out to score 20 goals and felt like I was right on track to doing so. Things changed and I wasn’t playing at all. At one point, I’m like, ‘I can’t even get a chance to play, even though I’m leading the team in scoring?’.”

The situation eventually led to the forward engineering a move to expansion club Cincinnati FC, where was recently named in the team of the week.

“Things went south for me pretty quickly in D.C. and Cincinnati kept calling (and) telling me how great of an opportunity this was,” Mattocks added.

 

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