Jamaica int’l Mattocks joins D.C. United

Darren Mattocks (pictured) will be playing for D.C. United in 2018, his third MLS club. (Photo: AFP Services)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – D.C. United announced Sunday the acquisition of Jamaican international Darren Mattocks from the Portland Timbers for a personnel consideration in 2018.

The 27-year-old forward made 24 appearances last season for the Timbers, scoring four goals and regstering two assists.

"We are thrilled to add an attacking player who unbalances opposing defenses with his speed, willingness to get into dangerous areas, and ability to score goals," said United general manager Dave Kasper.  "Darren is coming off a great year with impactful performances for Portland and for Jamaica, helping them reach the Gold Cup final.”

Mattocks, who not scored in five career Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League games,  started his professional career with Vancouver Whitecaps FC from 2012-15 (93 games/19 goals), before joining Portland in March 2016 (43/5).

For Jamaica, he debuted in a 2-0 win against El Salvador in an international friendly on August 16, 2012, going on to score 14 goals in 42 appearances.  Mattocks has been outstanding in the CONCACAF Gold Cup (11/4), helping the Reggae Boyz reach the last two finals and netting in a 3-1 loss to Mexico in the 2015 decider.