- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 14, 2011
- 3 Comments
- 2012 MLS SuperDraft, Darren Mattocks, Features, Generation adidas
Another top striker considering skipping MLS for the prizes in Europe? It sure seems that way. According to Soccer By Ives, Akron sophomore Darren Mattocks is considering to pass on the proposed Generation adidas deal that the league is offering him to go to Europe.
The Jamaican-born striker is said to be fielding offers from clubs in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
Mattocks was widely considered one of the top three players in next month’s draft and will create a big hole at the top of the order if he does indeed go to Europe. SBI also mentions that Montreal could be looking to deal the top pick should Mattocks not be available.
According to sources, Montreal was strongly considering Mattocks with its top pick, and may be more inclined to deal the No. 1 overall selection if the Jamaican-born striker is unavailable.
Mattocks could join the list of strikers in recent years that have passed on a MLS deal including Charlie Davies, Marcus Tracey and Mike Grella. All three were considered top strikers in the years they were coming out of college and all passed on MLS deals for more money in Europe.
With Mattocks potentially out of the mix for a GA contract the league could look elsewhere to guys like UCLA’s Chandler Hoffman, South Florida’s Dom Dwyer and UC-Santa Barbara’s Sam Garza.