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A True American Melting Pot, Darlington Nagbe Will be Next Addition to US Men’s National Team

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Photo courtesy Portland Timber’s Facebook page.

Similar to the position that Gedion Zelalem is in, Darlington Nagbe of the Portland Timbers has a decision to make regarding where he will play internationally. Nagbe is of Liberian heritage but has lived in the United States since the young age of eleven. Nagbe attended the University of Akron and has embraced the American culture. Currently, Nagbe is a Liberian citizen but expects to receive citizenship in the United States next year. This can only mean one thing; Nagbe is planning to join the United States Men’s National Team for international competition.

This will not be the first player on the United States Men’s National Team to be a foreign-born player. In the 2014 World Cup, there were five that live came from American bases on German soil: John Brooks, Timothy Chandler, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones and Julian Green – a true representation of an American melting pot.

No doubt about it, whether you don’t enjoy the fact that Jurgen Klinsmann brought in foreign-born Americans or you do, those players as American as you and I.

Back to the matter at hand though, last night I caught a glimpse of Nagbe in Major League Soccer‘s game of the week between Portland and the Seattle Sounders. For the first half, Nagbe was practically on the ball the whole game, and produced some chances for Portland but could not convert. Nagbe is a distributor and a playmaker. Despite being able to score, Nagbe prefers the role of facilitator over goal scorer. I’m surprised it took me this long to watch him but Nagbe will be an asset if he chooses to go with the red, white and blue.

This might be a stretch, but Nagbe shows comparative glimpses to Clint Dempsey. Nagbe is able to score and get into the heart of the defense. As well, Nagbe is a threat on the wing which is able to stretch the defensive line outward.

If we have Zelalam and Darlington Nagbe on the World Cup team come 2018, I have total confidence that a deep run will be made.

Collin Ruby is a writer for StoppageTimeSoccer.com, “Follow” him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby and “Like” him on Facebook at Collin Ruby

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