Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Whitecaps' Darren Mattocks Rips Team, Former Coach after Disappointing Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Whitecaps' Darren Mattocks Rips Team, Former Coach after Disappointing Season

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Whitecaps' Mattocks sounds off on Jamaican TV


VANCOUVER - Vancouver Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks sounded off about his disappointing second season in Major League Soccer on Jamaican television this week, ripping the club and recently fired head coach Martin Rennie.

The 23-year-old scored just three times in 20 appearances, including eight starts, in 2013 after a rookie campaign that saw him record seven goals in 21 games.

Mattocks helped Vancouver make the post-season in 2012, but the Whitecaps missed the playoffs this season, leading to Rennie's dismissal last week.

Speaking on the program "Football GPS" on Tuesday, Mattocks criticized Rennie's handling of both himself and the squad.

"When (I was) leading the team, as a rookie, Vancouver made the playoffs," said Mattocks, who started 15 games in 2012 and scored in the Whitecaps' playoff loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy. "My second season, coach put me on the bench (the) majority of the season. (He and I) couldn't agree."

Mattocks also said that teams from England were interested in his services, but that the Whitecaps refused to entertain the idea of selling the forward. The Jamaican international added that the club also turned down a US$1.2-million offer for him from another team in MLS.

"If (I) can do a successful first season and in my second you will try to jeopardize my career, I'm not naive and I'm not going to stay," said Mattocks, who denied he had anything to do with Rennie's firing. "Every other team in MLS wants me."

Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi said on a conference call with reporters Wednesday that he held exit meetings with all of the player last week, including Mattocks, and was taken aback by the comments.

"It's certainly not something that from a club perspective that we would want to have happening," said Lenarduzzi. "That's the kind of criticism really that should take place between the coach and the player or between the club and the player.

"We certainly didn't hear any of that (in the exit meeting), and are disappointed that he's chosen to go that route. …

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