In light of his decision to turn to Christ, former national striker Darren Mattocks has decided to end his playing career due to his commitment to Christianity. It was while playing in Phoenix, two years ago that Mattocks decided he wanted to draw closer to God, according to the former Bridgeport high school star.
Mattocks stated that he is more satisfied with what he is doing now in comparison to what he did during his playing career. As a member of the Reggae Boyz, Mattocks played 50 times and scored 18 goals during his career. The striker also made a name for himself in the MLS, playing for teams such as Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Portland Timbers, D.C. United. FC, Cincinnati and Phoenix Rising FC, to name just a few.
In several videos circulating online, the 32-year-old delivers numerous sermons, reads scriptures and preaches religious teachings from the Christian faith.
In response to an interviewer’s question in a recent TVJ interview about what he intends to do next and how he will manage financially since professional football was his primary source of income, the former MLS player of the month said he is not worried about money because he is in good hands while chuckling.
The former Vancouver striker also showed his conviction for his new path by stating, “what am doing now, to open people’s eyes to other things, and to actually bring them also to the knowledge of who christ is and what christ wants from us, I find joy in that even more than scoring a hattrick for Jamaica,” Mattocks declared.
The majority of the local football community has reacted in shock and disbelief at the move taken by the 32-year-old Jamaican international, claiming that the striker could still play at least three more years in one of North America’s top leagues and maybe could even make the world cup squad if Jamaica qualifies for the 2026 World Cup.
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