2010 MAC Hermann Trophy Winner, Darlington Nagbe (Akron), is having an excellent week. Nagbe's Portland Timbers headed into last weekend's match looking for their first regular season win against the Cascadia Cup rival Seattle Sounders since Oct. 13, 2013. Nagbe was also looking to notch his first goal of the season.
It didn't take long for Nagbe to start checking things off his to-do list. In the 12th minute he took a touch approaching the top of the 18 before blasting the opening goal past Stefan Frei. His first goal of the season and a nominee for the AT&T MLS Goal of the Week.
In the second half, after Seattle had tied the game at 1, Nagbe kicked off the flurry of goals that would give Portland the 4-1 win by assisting on Fanendo Adi's first goal of the night with a penetrating run and lay off to Adi who calmly curled his shot around Frei for Portland's second goal of the night.
His goal, assist, and influential play in the Timber's midfield also placed the MAC Hermann Trophy winner on the MLS Team of the Week. During his time at Akron, Nagbe often showed this ability to dominate the opposition. He tallied 19 goals and 19 assists in 73 matches during his three seasons at Akron. During his final year he set up six game winning goals during Akron's run to the National Championship. This would lead to the Timbers drafting him second overall in the 2011 MLS Superdraft. It was not long before Nagbe announced his arrival to MLS with an absolutely stunning goal against Sporting Kansas City that would eventually win MLS Goal of the Year.
Nagbe and the Timbers will look to keep their strong run of play going tomorrow, July 5, at 11 pm ET (ESPN2) against the San Jose Earthquakes.