VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that striker Darren Mattocks has been named to Jamaica’s national team for the upcoming 2014 Caribbean Cup.
Mattocks, 24, has made 16 appearances for Jamaica since making his debut for the Reggae Boyz in 2012, scoring three goals over that span. The Portmore, Jamaica native’s most recent appearance for his country was in a friendly against Japan, a 1-0 defeat on October 10, 2014.
Mattocks posted six goals in 30 appearances during the 2014 MLS season, helping Whitecaps FC to their second-ever berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
The Caribbean Cup, which features eight nations from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), will run from November 11 to 18. All matches will be played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Placed alongside Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, and Martinique in the second of two four-team groups, Mattocks and the Reggae Boyz will open their group stage with a contest against Martinique on November 12. Jamaica will then face Antigua and Barbuda on November 14, followed by a match against Haiti on November 16.
The final stage of the competition will see the second-place teams from each group battle for third place, while the winners of each group will meet in the tournament final. Both the final and third-place matches will take place on November 18.
The winner of the Caribbean Cup will earn a berth in the Copa América Centenario, a 2016 tournament that will feature the best national teams from both the CONMEBOL and CONCACAF regions.