Darren Mattocks scored 10 goals for D.C. United last year. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

NEW YORK – FC Cincinnati, which will make its Major League Soccer debut in 2019, Tuesday chose D.C. United forward Darren Mattocks as the top pick in the MLS expansion draft.

Head coach Alan Koch and general manager Jeff Berding made the selections from the league’s headquarters in New York.

With the second choice, Cincinnati took forward Kei Kamara (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) and then executed a trade that sent the player to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for an international roster slot for next season.

The final three selections included midfielder Roland Lamah (FC Dallas), midfielder Eric Alexander (Houston Dynamo) and defender Hassan Ndam (Red Bulls).

Mattocks, a Jamaican international, is coming off one of his best MLS seasons in 2018 after tallying a career-high 10 goals for United.

Ivory Coast native Lamah netted eight goals along with a career-high six assists for FC Dallas last season. Alexander had a goal and two assists in 20 games this year for Houston, while 20-year-old Ndam made his first MLS start with the Red Bulls among the club’s stacked defensive roster.


Round Player Former Team
1 Darren Mattocks, F D.C. United
2 Kei Kamara, F (traded to COL) Vancouver Whitecaps FC
3 Roland Lamah, M FC Dallas
4 Eric Alexander, M Houston Dynamo
5 Hassan Ndam, D New York Red Bulls