Mattocks ready to impress in DC
National striker Darren Mattocks said that this is the fittest he has ever been ahead of a Major League Soccer (MLS) season and is expecting great things from himself this year.
Mattocks, 27, is set to ply his trade for DC United in this season’s MLS competition, after he was traded from the Portland Timbers in December.
The former Bridgeport High star told STAR Sports from his training base in Washington DC yesterday that he feels good about himself going into this season.
“I am feeling good because I think that is the fittest that I have ever gone back to preseason and so I am really happy about that. I am definitely expecting big things from myself this season,” said Mattocks.
“They do expect me to produce this season, and I think that I am somewhere where I wanted to be. My aim is to score as much goals as possible and get a move to Europe or to get a bigger contract in the MLS,” Mattocks said.
He added that he has been in preseason training for over a week now and things have gone well for him so far with his new teammates.
“The group is coming together really well, but there is a lot more work to be done, but my transition has been pretty good so far,” Mattocks said.
“This is the second time that I have been traded within the league and so it is much easier for me now because it is the east coast and so I am more familiar with the place. I have a lot of family and friends on the east coast and the transition is really easy,” he said.
Mattock, who has scored 12 goals for the Reggae Boyz in 39 appearance, netted five goals for the Timbers in 43 appearances last season.