Darlington Nagbe, long-time MLS star, champion, wants to forget last season, return Crew to another championship

Darlington Nagbe

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Darlington Joephillip Nagbe (born July 19, 1990) is an professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer. Born in Liberia, he represents the United States national team.

Nagbe spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Portland Timbers, winning the MLS Cup with the club in 2015, before being acquired by Atlanta United following the 2017 season.

COLUMBUS CREW CAREER

On November 13, 2019, Columbus Crew SC acquired Nagbe in exchange for $700,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, $150,000 in General Allocation Money in 2020, $200,000 in Target Allocation Money for the 2021 MLS season, and an international roster spot. Nagbe was reunited with his mentor at Akron, Caleb Porter. On August 20, 2020, Nagbe scored his first goal for Columbus in a 3–0 win against Chicago Fire. This goal would be named the 2020 MLS goal of the year, Nagbe’s second time winning the award after doing so in 2011. At the conclusion of the regular season, Nagbe had the highest pass completion percentage in MLS with 95%, a feat he had previously accomplished in 2017 with the Portland Timbers. After leading the Crew through the regular season and playoffs, he missed the MLS Cup Final with coronavirus Columbus won that game, giving Nagbe his third MLS Cup.

in 2021, Nagbe was an integral part of the Crew team. With injuries plaguing the midfield, Nagbe missed only one game the entirety of the MLS regular season, while also only missing a combined 150 minutes. After previously leading the league in pass completion percentage in 2020, Nagbe again lead the league in 2021 with a 94.3% completion percentage.

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