This summer, Christian Pulisic and Darlington Nagbe were hailed as the future of the U.S. men’s national team after scoring their first international goals and then seeing some action at the Copa America Centenario. But with all the attention paid to Borussia Dortmund’s Pulisic these days (and deservedly so), Nagbe has become more of an afterthought.
At 26, Nagbe is way closer to his peak than his more gifted 18-year-old compatriot, and instead of under the UEFA Champions League’s bright lights, he and his Portland Timbers mates are playing in front of empty stadiums in the way less glamorous CONCACAF version. But that doesn’t mean Nagbe can’t still leave jaws agape with some serious skill and make American hearts flutter. Just look at this:
That’s Nagbe casually slotting home a stoppage-time winner against CD Dragon to keep Portland’s Champions League hopes alive. The Timbers, who now have six points in their group with one match to go, play first-place Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica) in a couple of weeks, needing a win to reach the knockout stage.
With Nagbe doing things like that, the MLS side will like their chances. And it’ll keep him on Klinsmann’s and U.S. fans’ radar.