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Hustler of the week: Darren Mattocks, Jamaican national team

It's taken me a couple of weeks but I'm back from my World Cup hangover and ready to deliver some news on y'all.

Darron Mattocks is your Hustler of the week.
Darron Mattocks is your Hustler of the week.
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It's been a very interesting couple of weeks.

The hangover from the Women's World Cup is still fresh and brewing in my mind -- maybe making a drinking game of the World Cup final wasn't such a great idea when Carli Lloyd is at her most dangerous. But I'm back now, with an interesting choice for my award.

With the Gold Cup in full swing and many players on international duty, you would think that some of the #MACtion players would be taking advantage and turning into some quality form. Unfortunately, injury to many influential players -- such as Darlington Nagbe and Will Trapp -- being neutralized from one time to another.

Usually this award goes to the player who had the most influence over a game, or had a game-changing moment: That will not be the case this week.

This week's award goes to Darren Mattocks mainly because he was sent off in Jamaica's 1-0 win over El Salvador on Tuesday.

Don't get me wrong, Mattocks has been reasonably impressive in the Gold Cup so far -- you can only be so good when playing for a lower-tier team like Jamaica -- but the Reggae Boyz have been something of a revelation in the group stage.

Eking out 1-0 results can only get you so far, but Mattocks' two needless yellows in the El Salvador game summed up the whole attitude of the team quite well. They are a bit rash at times, running quickly and challenging swiftly if only to give the ball back but it all underlines how much fight the team has in it.

The Reggae Boyz refuse to give up.

Leading 1-0 after Garath McCarthy turned in a rebound off of Mattocks' shot, the game seemed to be done, until Mattocks was sent off in the 72 minute. But Jamaica were undeterred, hunkering down and holding on for a spot in the knockout round.

It's been a great few weeks for American sports, but the fans in Jamaica will be lauding the performance of their national team as well. Mattocks has been in great form for his club team, the Vancouver Whitecaps, this season and if he continues to embody the Jamaican way of playing, the USMNT may be in a bit of trouble if the two teams meet in the semifinals on July 22.

Until then, we always have this.