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Darlington Nagbe

Darlington Nagbe
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-07-19) July 19, 1990
Place of birth Monrovia, Liberia
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Timbers
Number 6
Youth career
2008–2010 Akron Zips
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Cleveland Internationals 18 (7)
2011– Portland Timbers 160 (23)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 21, 2015.

† Appearances (goals)

Darlington Nagbe (born July 19, 1990) is a soccer player currently playing for the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer.

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • College and amateur career 2
  • Club career 3
    • Portland Timbers 3.1
  • Personal 4
  • Career statistics 5
  • Honors 6
    • Club 6.1
    • Individual 6.2
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early years

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

Darlington 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 state club titles with the Cleveland Internationals.

College and amateur career

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

Portland Timbers

Nagbe was selected by Portland Timbers in the first round (2nd 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 tie with New England Revolution.[10] Nagbe scored his first goal with a brilliant 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] He found the net twice with two excellent shots on March 31, 2012, though they weren't enough to keep the Timbers from going down, 2–3, to a resurgent Real Salt Lake.

Nagbe has remained a player on the Portland Timbers for all four of their MLS seasons. He continues to start most matches for them.

Personal

Darlington 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.[13]

Nagbe received his U.S. green card in 2012, thus making him a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[14][1] Nagbe became a U.S. citizen in September 2015.[15]

Career statistics

As of October 27, 2015.
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[16] Cleveland Internationals USL Premier Development League 8 2 - - - - - - 8 2
2008[17] 1 0 - - - - - - 1 0
2009[18] 5 5 - - - - - - 5 5
2010[19] 4 0 - - - - - - 4 0
2011[20] Portland Timbers Major League Soccer 28 2 - - - - - - 28 2
2012[21] 33 6 1 0 - - - - 34 6
2013[20] 34 9 4 1 4 1 - - 42 11
2014[22] 32 1 - - - - 2 0 34 1
2015[23] 33 5 1 0 - - - - 34 5
Total USA 178 30 6 1 4 1 2 0 190 32
Career total 178 30 6 1 4 1 2 0 190 32

Honors

Club

Individual

See also

References

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  10. ^ Timbers tie Revs to earn first ever MLS point
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External links

  • MLS player profile
  • Akron profile
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