Darlington Nagbe

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Darlington Nagbe
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Nagbe lining up for the Portland Timbers in 2015
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-07-19) July 19, 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Monrovia, Liberia
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlanta United
Number 6
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Akron Zips 73 (19)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Cleveland Internationals 18 (7)
2011–2017 Portland Timbers 214 (27)
2017– Atlanta United 0 (0)
National team
2015– United States 24 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 13, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 10, 2017

Darlington Nagbe (born July 19, 1990) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Atlanta United in Major League Soccer and the United States men's national soccer team as a midfielder.

Early years[edit]

Nagbe was born in Liberia and left the country as a five-month-old when his mother fled the country due to the First Liberian Civil War, taking him and his brother with her.[1] They then joined her husband Joe Nagbe, a professional soccer player, and his career took the family to France, Greece and Switzerland before they eventually settled in the Cleveland area in 2001 when Darlington was 11 years old.[2]

Nagbe 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 North state club titles with the Cleveland Internationals. Nagbe also participated in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy with the 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 (second 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 draw with New England Revolution.[10] Nagbe scored his first goal with a 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]

Nagbe was injured after a hard tackle on April 11, 2016, during a MLS soccer game between the LA Galaxy and the Portland Timbers. Nigel de Jong, LA Galaxy midfielder and Netherlands international player rolled over the ball straight toward Nagbe's ankle. Nagbe was stretchered off the field by medics and left the stadium in a wheelchair. However, the injury turned out to be a sprained ankle and he missed just two matches before returning to action. De Jong, who received a yellow card for the tackle during the match, was later suspended for three matches.[13][14][15]

In July 2016, he was included in the roster for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game.[16]

Atlanta United[edit]

On December 13, 2017, Atlanta United finalized a trade to acquire Nagbe in exchange for $1.05 million in allocation money.[17] It has the potential to rise to $1.65 million based on incentives.

International[edit]

On November 6, 2015, Nagbe was named to the United States National Team roster[18] for a pair of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. Nagbe made his international debut on November 13, 2015, coming on as a 64th-minute substitute.[19]

Nagbe scored his first goal for the U.S. National Team on May 25, 2016 in the 90th minute to secure a 1–0 victory in a friendly match against Ecuador.[20]

Personal[edit]

Nagbe 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 and a son named Kingston.[21]

Nagbe received his U.S. green card in 2012, thus making him a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[1][22] Nagbe became a U.S. citizen in September 2015.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of October 24, 2017.
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[24] Cleveland Internationals USL PDL 8 2 - - - - - - 8 2
2008[25] 1 0 - - - - - - 1 0
2009[26] 5 5 - - - - - - 5 5
2010[27] 4 0 - - - - - - 4 0
Cleveland total 18 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 7
2011 Portland Timbers MLS 28 2 - - - - - - 28 2
2012 33 6 1 0 - - - - 34 6
2013 34 9 4 1 4 1 - - 42 11
2014 32 1 2 0 34 1
2015 33 5 1 0 6 0 40 5
2016 27 1 1 0 3 1 31 2
2017 27 3 0 0 2 0 29 3
Portland total 214 27 7 1 12 1 5 1 238 30
Total USA 232 34 7 1 12 1 5 1 256 37
Career total 232 34 7 1 10 1 5 1 254 37

International[edit]

As of October 10, 2017.
National team Year Apps Goals
United States
2015 2 0
2016 8 1
2017 14 0
Total 24 1

International goals[edit]

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 May 25, 2016 Toyota Stadium, Frisco, United States  Ecuador 1–0 1–0 Friendly

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Akron Zips
Portland Timbers

International[edit]

United States

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dan Itel (April 18, 2014). "Darlington Nagbe says he's open to USMNT and long-term stay with Portland Timbers". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved April 19, 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 April 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Darlington Nagbe wins Hermann Trophy". Sports.espn.go.com. January 8, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2007 Cleveland Internationals stats". Uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "2008 Cleveland Internationals stats". Uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "2009 Cleveland Internationals stats". Uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2010 Cleveland Internationals stats". Uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on January 2, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ "2011 MLS SuperDraft Tracker". MLSsoccer.com. Archived from the original on January 21, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ Fidencio Enriquez (January 13, 2011). "Nagbe ready to prove himself in Portland". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  10. ^ Timbers tie Revs to earn first ever MLS point Archived April 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "2011". Portland Timbers. Archived from the original on November 4, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Timbers' Nagbe wins goal of the year | kgw.com Portland". Kgw.com. November 17, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  13. ^ Marsden, Rory. "Nigel De Jong Makes X-Rated Tackle on Darlington Nagbe During Galaxy vs. Timbers". Bleacher Report. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  14. ^ Carlisle, Jeff (April 12, 2016). "Darlington Nagbe has ankle sprain, no fracture after Nigel De Jong tackle". ESPN FC. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  15. ^ Blue, Molly (April 30, 2016). "Darlington Nagbe talks about his injury, his return and preparing for Toronto FC". OregonLive.com. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Villa, Pirlo and Kaka headline MLS All-Star squad to face Arsenal". FourFourTwo. July 17, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  17. ^ Quillen, Ian. "Atlanta United make record-breaking move for midfielder Darlington Nagbe". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Klinsmann Calls 23 Players for First Two Matches of 2018 World Cup Qualifying Campaign". US Soccer.com. US Soccer. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  19. ^ "MNT Opens 2018 World Cup Qualifying with 6–1 win Against St. Vincent in St. Louis". US Soccer.com. US Soccer. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  20. ^ "USA DEFEATS ECUADOR IN COPA WARM-UP THANKS TO NAGBE WINNER". US Soccer.com. US Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  21. ^ "ExtraTime Radio". Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  22. ^ "24 Under 24: The making of Timbers star Darlington Nagbe". MLSsoccer.com. 
  23. ^ "Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson announces Darlington Nagbe is officially a US citizen". MLSsoccer.com. 
  24. ^ Cleveland Internationals 2007 Roster, United Soccer Leagues, archived from the original on October 19, 2013, retrieved January 1, 2014 
  25. ^ Cleveland Internationals 2008 Roster, United Soccer Leagues, archived from the original on June 10, 2011, retrieved January 1, 2014 
  26. ^ Cleveland Internationals 2008 Roster, United Soccer Leagues, archived from the original on September 29, 2011, retrieved January 1, 2014 
  27. ^ Cleveland Internationals 2010 Roster, United Soccer Leagues, archived from the original on January 2, 2014, retrieved January 1, 2014 
  28. ^ "Goals, screw-ups, stats and more: Everything great from the MLS Cup Final". 
  29. ^ "Timbers' Darlington Nagbe wins AT&T Goal of the Year". November 16, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Villa, Pirlo and Kaka headline MLS All-Star squad to face Arsenal". FourFourTwo. July 17, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 

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