Darlington Nagbe

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Darlington Nagbe
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Personal information
Date of birth (1990-07-19) July 19, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Monrovia, Liberia
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Timbers
Number 6
Youth career
2008–2010 Akron Zips
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Cleveland Internationals 18 (7)
2011– Portland Timbers 122 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 20, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Darlington Nagbe (born July 19, 1990) is a Liberian-American footballer currently playing for the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer.

Early years[edit]

Nagbe was born in Liberia but left the country as a 5 month old when his mother fled the country due to a civil war, taking Darlington and his brother with her.[1] They then joined her husband Joe Nagbe, a professional footballer, and his career took the family to France, Greece and Switzerland before they eventually settled in the Cleveland, Ohio area in 2001 when Darlington was 11 years old.[2]

Darlington grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, where he attended Lakewood High School and then St. Edward High School, scoring 18 goals and adding 10 assists as a senior. He was a member of the Region II ODP team, was a 2007 adidas ESP All-Star and was member of the Ohio North ODP team, as well as winning four Ohio state club titles with the Cleveland Internationals.

College and amateur career[edit]

Nagbe played college soccer at the University of Akron, scoring 19 goals and contributing 19 assists in 73 matches during three collegiate seasons. He was a Soccer America All-Freshman first team honoree, and was named the All-MAC Newcomer of the Year in as a freshman in 2008. As a sophomore in 2009 Nagbe was named to the NSCAA All-America Second Team, the Soccer America MVP Second Team, the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season Second Team, the All-Great Lakes Region First Team and the All-Mid-American Conference First Team. In 2010 Nagbe helped the Akron Zips to their first ever national championship, a 1-0 regulation win in the College Cup Final against Louisville; he was subsequently named to the NSCAA All-America First Team, the All-MAC First Team, the College Cup All-Tournament Team, and was honored with the MAC Hermann Trophy as the 2010 College Soccer Player of the Year.[3] His coach at Akron was Caleb Porter, who played four games for San Jose in 1999 and is currently his head coach with the Portland Timbers.

During his college years Nagbe also played four seasons with the Cleveland Internationals in the USL Premier Development League, scoring 7 goals in 18 league appearances.[4][5][6][7]

Club career[edit]

Portland Timbers[edit]

Nagbe was selected by Portland Timbers in the first round (2nd overall) of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.[8][9] After missing the first couple of weeks of the season due to injury, Nagbe made his professional debut on April 2, 2011 in a 1-1 tie with New England Revolution.[10] Nagbe scored his first goal with a brilliant volley (which was eventually named the 2011 MLS goal of the year) in a 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City on July 2, 2011.[11][12] He found the net twice with two excellent shots on March 31, 2012, though they weren't enough to keep the Timbers from going down, 2-3, to a resurgent Real Salt Lake.

Nagbe has remained a player on the Portland Timbers for all four of their MLS seasons. He continues to start most matches for them.

Personal[edit]

Darlington is the son of Somah Nagbe and Joe Nagbe, the former captain of the Liberian national team. He has two younger sisters, Martha and Seta, and one older brother, Joe Jr. In 2012 he married Felicia Houtz and the couple have a daughter named Mila.[13] Nagbe is a Liberian citizen and expects to receive U.S. citizenship in 2015.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of January 1, 2014.
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2007[15] Cleveland Internationals USL Premier Development League 8 2 - - - - - - 8 2
2008[16] 1 0 - - - - - - 1 0
2009[17] 5 5 - - - - - - 5 5
2010[18] 4 0 - - - - - - 4 0
2011[19] Portland Timbers Major League Soccer 28 2 - - - - - - 28 2
2012[20] 33 6 1 0 - - - - 34 6
2013[21] 34 9 4 1 4 1 - - 42 11
Total USA 113 24 5 1 4 1 - - 122 26
Career total 113 24 5 1 4 1 - - 122 26

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dan Itel (18 April 2014). "Darlington Nagbe says he's open to USMNT and long-term stay with Portland Timbers". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Paul Tople / Akron Beacon Journal. "St. Edward grad Darlington Nagbe will pass as he leads Akron men's soccer team into national semis". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Darlington Nagbe wins Hermann Trophy". Sports.espn.go.com. 2011-01-08. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  4. ^ "2007 Cleveland Internationals stats". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  5. ^ "2008 Cleveland Internationals stats". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  6. ^ "2009 Cleveland Internationals stats". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  7. ^ "2010 Cleveland Internationals stats". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  8. ^ "2011 MLS SuperDraft Tracker". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  9. ^ Fidencio Enriquez (2011-01-13). "Nagbe ready to prove himself in Portland". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  10. ^ Timbers tie Revs to earn first ever MLS point[dead link]
  11. ^ "2011". Portland Timbers. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  12. ^ "Timbers' Nagbe wins goal of the year | kgw.com Portland". Kgw.com. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  13. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/extratime?utm_source=TWIMEmail&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=Article4&utm_campaign=11062013
  14. ^ Dan Itel (18 April 2014). "Darlington Nagbe says he's open to USMNT and long-term stay with Portland Timbers". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Cleveland Internationals 2007 Roster, United Soccer Leagues, retrieved January 1, 2014 
  16. ^ Cleveland Internationals 2008 Roster, United Soccer Leagues, retrieved January 1, 2014 
  17. ^ Cleveland Internationals 2008 Roster, United Soccer Leagues, retrieved January 1, 2014 
  18. ^ Cleveland Internationals 2010 Roster, United Soccer Leagues, retrieved January 1, 2014 
  19. ^ "United States - Portland Timbers - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news", Soccerway, retrieved January 1, 2014 
  20. ^ "United States - Portland Timbers - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news", Soccerway, retrieved January 1, 2014 
  21. ^ "United States - Portland Timbers - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news", Soccerway, retrieved January 1, 2014 

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