Darlington Nagbe
Men's National Team

Darlington Nagbe

Midfielder Caps/Goals - 25/1
  • Date of Birth

  • Height / Weight

    5-9 / 165

  • Hometown

    Lakewood, Ohio

  • Club

    Atlanta United FC

A confident and pacey midfielder, Nagbe was long-tracked by the U.S. Men’s National Team program, finally gaining his U.S. citizenship in September 2015, allowing him to make his MNT debut two months later ... Nagbe’s smarts at both ends of the field and ability in 1-v-1 situations allowed him to quickly adapt to the international game, providing strong option in midfield, either starting or off the bench. After a transitional year with the MNT in 2016, Nagbe became a first-team regular with the side in 2017.

Career highlights:

  • Tied with Michael Bradley for the second-most MNT caps in 2017 with 14
  • Was part of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup winning side, earning tournament Best XI honors in the process
  • Was a member of the 2016 Copa America Centenario roster, appearing in three matches on the way to the USA’s fourth-place finish
  • Scored his first international goal and also the game-winner in a 1-0 victory against Ecuador on May 25, 2016.
  • Won 2014 MLS Cup with the Portland Timbers

PERSONAL: Pronounced “NAG-bee” ... Father, Joe, is a for­mer captain of the Liberian National Team ... Was rated the No. 21 recruit in the nation out of St. Edwards High School (Ohio) by Rise Magazine prior to arriving at Akron ... Was a member of the Region II ODP team, a 2007 adidas ESP All-Star and a member of the Ohio North ODP team during his prep career ... A member of the U.S. U-15 National Team pool in 2004.

U.S. National Team: 2017: Tied with Michael Bradley with the second-most MNT caps during the year with 14 … Started 11 matches … Played in the three Knockout Round matches, helping the USA win the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and earning tournament Best XI honors … Appeared in all eight FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches during the year, starting seven … 2016: Made eight substitute appearances and tallied his first international goal, a stoppage time game-winner in the MNT’s 1-0 friendly win vs. Ecuador on May 25 … Provided the assist for Christian Pulisic to become the youngest goal scorer in MNT history in a 4-0 win vs. Bolivia on May 28 … Part of the USA’s Copa America Centenario roster, appearing in three matches … 2015: Earned U.S. citizenship on Sept. 11, clearing way for his first two caps with the full MNT … Made two appearances, both as a substitute in World Cup Qualifying, a 6-1 victory vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Nov. 13 and a 0-0 draw at Trinidad & Tobago on Nov. 17 … First Appearance: Nov. 13, 2015 vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines … First Goal: May 25, 2016 vs. Ecuador … First World Cup Appearance: none … First World Cup Goal: none … First WCQ Appearance: Nov. 13, 2015 vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines … First WCQ Goal: none … First WCQ Assist: none

Professional: 2017: Started all 27 matches he appeared in, recording three goals and five assists along the way … Appeared in both legs of Portland’s Western Conference Semifinal defeat to Houston Dynamo …. Assisted in a 5-1 win vs. Minnesota United FC (March 3) … Assisted on David Guzman’s 66th minute game-winner in a 4-2 victory vs. Houston Dynamo (March 18) … Scored the 32nd minute equalizer in a 3-1 comeback victory at Philadelphia Union (April 8) … Tallied the opening goal and the game-winning assist in a 2-1 win vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (April 22) …Assisted on Diego Valeri’s 13th minute goal in a 2-2 draw at Houston Dynamo (July 29) … Tallied the eventual game-winner in a 2-1 win vs. Colorado Rapids (Aug. 23) … Recorded an assist on Sebastian Blanco’s 87 thinute strike in a 2-1 defeat at San Jose Earthquakes (Sept. 30) …  2016: Appeared in 27 matches, tallying one goal and five assists in his sixth season with the Portland Timbers … Scored his only goal in a 4-2 win vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC on May 22 … 2015: Appeared in 33 regular season matches, tallying five goals and five assists en route to Portland’s first-ever MLS Cup championship …Played every minute during the 2015 MLS Cup playoffs (570 minutes) ... Tallied an assist in a 2-1 win over Columbus Crew SC in MLS Cup on Dec. 6 ... Registered an assist in a 3-1 win against FC Dallas in the first leg of the conference championship on Nov. 22 ... Earned the MLS Individual Fair Play Award from the league ... Started 33 of the team's 34 matches, missing game against Philadelphia on July 11 with a shoulder injury ... Played 120 minutes in a 2-2 draw (7-6 win on PKs) against Sporting KC in the Western Conference Knockout Round on Oct. 29 ... Was named MLS Player of the Week for Week 34 ... Registered three goals in the last two regular-season games ... Netted a brace and an assist in a 4-1 win against Colorado on Oct. 25 ... Tallied a goal, his third of the season, in a 5-2 win against the LA Galaxy on Oct. 18 ... Recorded an assist in a 2-1 win against Columbus on Sept. 26 ... Registered a goal in a 2-2 draw against Houston on Aug. 21 ... Tallied a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over Seattle on June 28 ... Named to the MLS Team of the Week three times (Week 2, Week 7, Week 17) ... Registered an assist in a 3-1 win over FC Dallas on April 4 ... Recorded a late-game assist in a 2-2 draw against the LA Galaxy on March 15 ... Played 120 minutes in a 3-1 win over Seattle in the U.S. Open Cup on June 16. 2014: Tallied one goal and an MLS career-high seven assists in 32 appearances (30 starts) during the 2014 season ... Moved into a tie for sixth place on the Timbers all-time appearances list across all eras by the final match of the regular season, making his 127th career appearance for Portland ... Is the Timbers MLS career leader in appearances (127) ... Earned MLS Team of the Week honors twice during the year (Week 9, Week 33) ... Became the first Timbers MLS player to play in 100 games for the club on April 5 against Seattle, and had a shot in the first half rattle off the post ... Scored a goal in 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play, forcing the team's match against Seattle Sounders FC into extra time on July 9 ... Made his CONCACAF Champions League debut on Sept. 16 as a second-half substitute for midfielder Michael Nanchoff in a 4-2 win over C.D. Olimpia at Providence Park ... Appeared in two CCL group games, both against C.D. Olimpia (Sept. 16, Oct. 21) … 2013: Established career numbers in his third MLS season, starting all 34 games during the regular season and recording nine goals and four assists ... Become the first Timbers MLS player to start all 34 games in a single season ... Finished tied for second on the club with nine goals, six of which were scored on the road ... Listed at No. 1 on the 2013 24 Under 24, MLSsoccer.com's annual series that lists the top players in MLS under the age of 24 ... Voted the 2013 Timbers Players' Player of the Year by his teammates for his efforts during the regular season ... Was the recipient of the 2013 MLS Individual Fair Play Award ... One of six Portland players on the fan ballot for the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game ... Was a five-time selection to the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week, receiving honors in Weeks 1, 6, 16, 32 and 33 ... Scored a goal in all four matches against FC Dallas across all competitions during the campaign, including game-winners in regular-season matches June 15 and Aug. 17 ... His turnaround, game-winning goal June 15 vs. FC Dallas at JELD-WEN Field was named the 2013 Timbers Play of the Year and voted MLS Goal of the Week for Week 16 ... Scored his 10th career MLS goal April 27, aiding in a 3-2 road win over Sporting KC ... Became the first Timbers MLS player to make 90 appearances for the club Sept. 20 in a 1-0 win against Colorado at JELD-WEN Field ... Started all four of the club's matches during the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs ... Tallied the game-winning goal in a 2-1 road win at Seattle Sounders FC on Nov. 2 in Leg 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals ... Played in all four matches during the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, helping the club reach the semifinals – its deepest run in the U.S. Open Cup in club history ... Scored the equalizing goal and assisted on the go-ahead goal by Diego Valeri to help the Timbers earn a 3-2 road win against FC Dallas in the quarterfinal ... 2012: Played in 33 games (31 starts) during the regular season, logging 2,777 minutes played and six goals ... Finished second on the team in goals scored ... Scored his first goal of the season, a game-tying strike, in a 1-1 draw at FC Dallas on March 17, becoming just the third Timbers MLS player to score as a substitute ... Notched the first multiple-goal performance in a 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake March 31 at JELD-WEN Field ... His second goal against RSL in the 65th minute was a finalist (top four) for the 2012 MLS AT&T Goal of the Year ... Won MLS Goal of the Week for Week 4 ... Named to the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week for Week 4 ... Scored three of his six goals on the season on the road ... Tallied the equalizer in the 82nd minute of a 2-2 draw at Toronto FC on Aug. 15 ... Became the first player in the club’s MLS history to score in three straight matches - Aug. 15 at Toronto FC, Aug. 19 at New York and Aug. 25 vs. Vancouver ... Had a four-game point streak (3g, 1a), the longest by a Timbers player in 2012, from Aug. 15-31 ... Assisted on the game-winning goal by Bright Dike in a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Sept. 5 ... Earned honorable mention on the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week in Weeks 24 and 25 ... Became the youngest player to appear in 50 games for the MLS Timbers on Aug. 15 at 22 years, 27 days ... Was featured in an episode of MLS 36 on NBC Sports Network during the season … 2011: Made his professional and MLS debut April 2, coming on as a second-half sub in a 1-1 draw at New England ... In total, made 28 appearances (21 starts) in his rookie campaign ... Scored his first professional goal July 2 against Sporting Kansas City, driving a shot into the top left corner after juggling twice off a deflected free kick ... His first career strike was voted the 2011 AT&T MLS Goal of the Year at season’s end, won MLSsoccer.com Goal of the Week honors (Week 16), was named one of the Top Plays on ESPN’s SportsCenter that night and within days surpassed one million views on YouTube.com ... It was also named the Timbers’ Play of the Year ... Was listed at No. 10 on MLSsoccer.com’s 24-Under-24, identifying the league’s top players under the age of 24 ... Recorded points in back-to-back matches for the first time with a goal Sept. 16 against New England and an assist Sept. 21 against San Jose ... Played in four matches for the Timbers Reserves, recording two goals and an assist in MLS Reserve League play ... Recorded a brace, including the equalizer in second-half stoppage time, in a 3-3 draw against the LA Galaxy Reserves Sept. 1.

COLLEGE: Compiled 19 goals and 19 assists in 73 matches during three collegiate seasons at the University of Akron ... Led Akron to the school’s first team national champion­ship in any sport in 2010, defeating the University of Lou­isville 1-0 in the NCAA Men’s College Cup final ... Recorded seven goals and 13 assists in 25 games during his junior season of 2010 and won the Hermann Trophy, considered the most prestigious honor in intercollegiate soccer and the official National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Player of the Year award for Division I ... Was a two-time NSCAA All-American, including first-team honors in 2010 ... Was a three-time Mid-American Conference first-team selection ... Named the MAC Player of the Year and honored on the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team following his junior season ... Helped the Zips win three straight MAC Tournament titles (2008-10) ... Tallied a career-high 10 goals in 25 games as a sophomore in 2009, leading the Zips to the College Cup finals ... Selected to the Soccer America MVP Second Team and named to the All-Great Lakes Region First Team in 2009 ... Voted the All-MAC Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 2008 ... Appeared in all 23 games during his freshman season ... During his time on campus, aided in a 39-game unbeaten streak at home for the Zips (38-0-1) from 2008-10.