Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Jamaican international Darren Mattocks might not have scored for his team, the Vancouver Whitecaps, in their 1-0 win over Toronto FC in their Major League Soccer (MLS) season-opener. However, the busybody striker left the field fully satisfied with his performance, knowing very well that more of the same will help his cause to make the cut for Jamaica's upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match against Panama on March 22.
Mattocks, who missed Jamaica's historic 0-0 draw away to Mexico, says he is hoping to be called for the country's next assignment, which takes place inside the National Stadium.
"I had a good game on Sunday ... . Once I did all the little things needed in the game, I think I did well," Mattocks said.
"All I can do is play well and hope that I will get a call to the national team for the next game," he added before speaking of his confidence coming off a season that saw him net a team-high seven goals in 21 games.
"For me, that's why I'm so good sometimes. I'm a really confident guy because I know my ability. I know what I'm capable of doing. I'm a really confident guy all the days of my life," Mattocks noted.
Now, the 22-year-old is setting new targets for himself as he looks to establish himself in the league and help his team's efforts for the season.
"My focus is always on my team, although I always set personal goals in any team I represent," he said.
Before the MLS season started, Mattocks predicted that he thought he could get at least 20 goals this season.
"I'm just going to take it one game at a time and see how much I can get. I'm not really worried about scoring goals and personal achievement; I'm just worried about my team right now. That's what I'm focusing on," Mattocks stated.