HOW ACQUIRED: Traded from Atlanta on November 13, 2019.
There have been few players to essentially grow up in MLS who’ve made a deeper, more lasting impact on the game’s aesthetic on these shores than Darlington Nagbe. The former Akron star dazzled with the Timbers almost immediately, earning the MLS Goal of the Year award in his rookie season in 2011 with a dizzying juggle-and-blast golazo. That set the tone for a SportsCenter Top 10-headlining career that’s allowed him to become one of the most skilled players in MLS.
INTERNATIONAL: Nagbe has earned 25 caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team, tallying one goal and two assists since making his debut in a World Cup Qualifier against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 2015 (November 13). He scored his first goal for the Stars and Stripes in a 2016 friendly against Ecuador (May 25), netting the game-winner in the 90th minute of the contest. Later that year, the midfielder helped the U.S. squad finish fourth at the 2016 Copa America Centenario. Nagbe also helped the Americans win the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup, making three appearances (all starts) en route to being named to the tournament’s Best XI.
COLLEGE: Nagbe burst onto the scene with Akron in 2008 under Caleb Porter and never looked back. In three seasons, he scored 19 goals and chipped in 19 assists in 73 appearances and earned numerous national awards for his performances.
NOTES: Two-time MLS Cup winner (2015, 2018)