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D.C. United acquires Darren Mattocks from Portland Timbers

Some younger speed up front for the Black-and-Red in this move.

First reported by SB Nation’s Portland Timbers blog Stumptown Footy, sources have since told us that D.C. United has acquired forward Darren Mattocks from the Timbers in exchange for an international roster spot in 2018. Mattocks will bolster a very thin group of forwards.

The 27 year old appeared in 24 games for the Timbers, starting 11, producing 4 goals and 2 assists in 2017. Mattocks scored 5 goals and 5 assists in 43 games (23 starts) for Portland since being acquired from the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2016, for whom he had 19 goals in 93 games. He has also scored 14 goals in 42 games for Jamaica’s national team, but obtained his green card in 2014.

The Timbers did not exercise their 2018 option on the forward, who made $300,000 in base salary and $317,000 in guaranteed compensation in 2017. As D.C. appears to be signing Mattocks on their own, presumably the terms are much more agreeable for the Black-and-Red, who have made their second trade in today’s trade window, with the first being their acquisition of defender Frederic Brillant from New York City FC for $75,000 of General Allocation Money.