Jamaica international Darren Mattocks believes the second installment of the #hellisreal derby between Cincinnati and Columbus Crew comes at a good time for the team looking to bounce back from disappointment in the previous round.

This past weekend, Cincinnati found themselves on the wrong side of a 4-1 loss to New York City.  The last meeting between the teams ended in a 2-2 draw at Columbus Crew and the Jamaican believes the potentially explosive clash between the rivals could be just what the team needs.

 “It’s great timing, especially after this loss to NYCFC,” Mattocks said. “It’s a pretty good match to bounce back on.”

Sunday’s reverse fixture of the #HellisReal Derby marks the first time the Crew visit Nippert Stadium since 2017. On that occasion, Cincinnati beat the visitors, 1-0, in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.  At the time, FCC were a USL side, while Columbus was the lone Ohio team in MLS.

“A game like this means so much to the fans and to the club,” Mattocks said. “It’s a big rivalry, so we have to go out there, put our best foot forward and give everything we’ve got. Our last game wasn’t good enough, but this is a perfect game to bounce back.”

The United States will take on Jamaica at Nissan Stadium in Nashville on Wednesday night for a spot in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Final. 

Rising Bundesliga talent Leon Bailey has expectably been named as part of a 23-man squad for this month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

After months of speculation, the 21-year-old failed to make an expected debut for the national team in friendly international against the United States earlier this week.  The winger, however, is on course to make an appearance against Honduras at Jamaica’s National Stadium on July 17.

Bailey will be joined in the squad by seasoned campaigners Alvas Powell, Darren Mattocks and Je-Vaughn Watson with outstanding goalkeeper Andre Blake tasked to lead from the back.  Damion Lowe, some of the former national player Onandi Lowe, has also been included along with promising youngers Peter Lee Vassell and Tyreek Magee.

The Jamaicans have been placed in group C of the tournament alongside Honduras, El Salvador and Curacao.  The team will begin the tournament on June 17 with a match against Honduras.

Jamaica Gold Cup squad

Goalkeeper ANDRE BLAKE

PHILADELPHIA UNION (USA)

Defender JAMOI TOPEY

BETHLEHEM STEEL FC (USA)

Defender MICHAEL HECTOR

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY FC (England)

Midfielder ANDRE LEWIS

PORTMORE UNITED FC (Jamaica)

Defender ALVAS POWELL

FC CINNCINATI (USA)

Forward DEVER ORGILL

MKE ANKARAGUCU SK (Turkey)

DEVER AKEEM

Forward LEON BAILEY

BAYER 04 LEVERKUSEN

(Germany)

Forward MAALIQUE FOSTER

RIO GRANDE VALLEY FC (USA)

Midfielder RICARDO MORRIS

PORTMORE UNITED FC (Jamaica)

Forward DARREN MATTOCKS

FC CINNCINATI (USA)

Forward SHAMAR NICHOLSON

NK DOMZALE (Slovenia)

Forward JUNIOR FLEMMINGS

PHOENIX RISING FC (USA)

Goalkeeper DWAYNE MILLER

SYRIANSKA FC (Sweden)

Defender SHAUN FRANCIS

LOUISVILLE FC (USA)

Midfielder JE-VAUGHN WATSON

OKC ENERGY (USA)

Forward PETER LEE VASSELL

LA FC (USA)

Defender DAMION LOWE

IK START (Norway)

Forward

BRIAN BROWN

RENO 1868 FC (USA)

Midfielder TYREEK MAGEE

HARBOUR VIEW FC (Jamaica)

Defender KEMAR LAWRENCE

NY RED BULLS (USA)

Midfielder KEVON LAMBERT

PHOENIX RISING FC (USA)

Midfielder DEVON WILLIAMS

LOUISVILLE FC (USA)

Goalkeeper AMAL KNIGHT

UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST

They're destined to be teammates at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in around a months’ time but New York Red Bulls left back Kemar Lawrence insists that the battle with Cincinnati FC forward Darren Mattocks will be a fierce one for pride when the two meet in Saturday’s MLS encounter.

The 26-year-old defender, formerly a staple in the Red Bulls line-up, has been eased back into action after suffering an MCL injury.  The defender also missed the last two games with an illness.  Having moved to Cincinnati from DC United in the summer Mattocks has begun life slowly at his new club, coming off the substitute’s bench in FC Cincy’s first three games - picking up an assist, but failing to register a start in those combined 106 minutes.  Since making his first start in March, however, Mattocks has scored one goal.

 “When we meet, it’s something more personal. It’s kind of a bragging rights thing,” Lawrence said.

 “When we get to national team camp, you want to say you beat that Darren Mattocks, Alvas Powell, [Andre] Blake, whoever it is you’re facing on the day. You need those bragging rights before you get to camp,” he added.

 “You’re going to get that guy who is going to try his best to score, he’s going to always be running, always be pressuring the defenders.”

 

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.

 

Jamaica international Darren Mattocks continued a strong preseason spell for Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion club Cincinnati FC after scoring again in a preseason encounter against Indy Eleven.

The 28-year-old, who joined Cincinnati in the offseason from DC United, is off to a good start at the club after also netting in the previous encounter against Montreal Impact.

Things, however, got scary for the Jamaican last week after he was forced from the training ground following a collision.  Follow a few days, however, the player was back on the field.

Cincinnati took the lead in the 12th minute after Forrest Lasso headed a Victor Ulloa corner kick towards the far post, where Nick Hagglund collected the ball and scored.  Indy, however, equalized in the 29th minute and took lead a few minutes later when Matt Watson beat the backline on a through pass and snuck his shot past goalkeeper Spencer Richey.

Less than a minute later, Mattocks brought things level once again after slotting a ball inside the far post after receiving a pass from Corben Bone.  Indy, however, picked up the game-winner through the Jamaican on their roster Dane Kelly who scored in the 60th minute.

 

Jamaica international Darren Mattocks is believed to have escaped serious injury after suffering a scare in training for new Major League Soccer (MLS) club Cincinnati.

The 28-year-old forward, who joined the club from DC United in the offseason, got off to fast start to life at new club but found himself crumpled on the pitch after a tough challenge on Monday.

Mattocks was forced to hobble from the field at the team’s Florida training base and did not return for the rest of the session. Though it may have been both a major worry for the club, the team’s coach Allan Koch confirmed that initial assessments showed no serious damage had been done. 

Out of an abundance of caution, however, the player will be rested for a couple of days.  Mattocks earlier showed plenty of pace and finishing ability in scoring a breakaway goal for the team in a 1-1 draw with Montreal Impact last week.  The forward is coming off one of his best seasons as a professional but was not offered a contract extension after being replaced in the starting line-up by Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney.

Jamaica international Darren Mattocks believes it is crucial to get off to a fast start after joining new club Cincinatti FC in the offseason.

The 25-year-old forward officially linked up with his new club last week, having joined from DC United at the end of last season.  Mattocks had experienced his best season as a professional scoring 10 goals in 14 starts for the MLS club but was later supplanted by England’s Wayne Rooney.

In the team’s first practice match, Mattocks threatened to pick up where he left off showing plenty pace to run on to a through ball, before calmly lobbing over the head of the custodian.

 “I’ve got to make a quick first impression, especially with an expansion team,” Mattocks said.

“We don’t have a lot of time to adjust to the league.  You have to be quick and sharp and ready for the start.  The earlier we get things going on the field the better, it’s only four or five weeks before the league starts so we have to be ready.”

Mattocks scored the lone goal in the team’s 1-1 draw with Cincinatti.

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz found Suriname at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, a tougher assignment than anticipated after they squeezed out a 2-1 victory.

A header from Corey Burke in the seventh minute of play and a penalty from Darren Mattocks in the 16th minute threatened to start a rout. However, Donnegy Fer’s 37th minute tap in marked Suriname’s entrance into the game.

While Jamaica would get a number of chances, to go further ahead, in truth, Suriname were dangerously close to equalizing on a number of occasions and could not be argued with if they believed they dropped at least two points from the game.

Mattocks, while happy with the win, believes the Jamaicans, with himself the most at fault, need to be more clinical if they are to enjoy further success, especially with El Salvador waiting in their next fixture.

“I’m disappointed in myself,” said Mattocks.

“A player of my caliber should put away most of those chances but at the end of the day an ugly win is better than a pretty loss,” he said.

“We’re just going to take the three points and move on and come ready for the next game.”

Mattocks believes the game against El Salvador is going to be much tougher.

“El Salvador is a very hostile environment so we have to go there really prepared,” he said.

“We can’t have a performance like this against El Salvador,” he said.

“We have to go back to the drawing board and these opportunities that we are creating we have to put them away,” he ended.

Jamaica now have three wins from their three games with 12 goals for and one against.

Their record is bettered by Haiti, who have the same number of wins but with 17 goals and one against, while Cuba have scored 14 goals without a response from their opponents.

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.

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

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