Darlington Nagbe’s brilliant top-corner volley wasn’t able to help Portland beat Sporting Kansas City, but his first career goal easily took home top honors as the AT&T Goal of the Week for Week 16.
The rookie out of the University of Akron showed why he was worthy of the Timbers’ first-round draft pick, and the second overall pick in the 2011 MLS Superdraft.
After Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen punched out a cross, Nagbe found himself alone on the right side of the box, juggled twice, and sent a bullet through traffic that found its way into the upper 90.
Nagbe’s wonder-strike is sure to be a contender for Goal of the Year and wrapped up 54 percent of this week’s voting. He beat out second-place finisher Fabián Espíndola by a comfortable margin, whose clinical equalizer against New England earned RSL a point at home.
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WATCH: Nagbe's volley goes top corner
1) Darlington Nagbe, POR 54%
2) Fabián Espíndola, RSL 24%
3) Andy Najar, DC 15%
4) Jackson, DAL 5%
5) Nick LaBrocca, CHI 2%