The Timbers are headed to their next playoff game Sunday, but there was big news Friday for one of the players.
Darlington Nagbe has been picked for the U.S. National Team, and will be playing in a pair of qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.
The selection is not much of a surprise, coming less than two months after Nagbe actually became an American citizen.
The 25-year-old was born in Liberia and left the country with his family when he was young because of civil war.
Nagbe’s family settled in Ohio, where at played for Caleb Porter at the University of Akron and won the 2010 Hermann Trophy for being the nation’s top college soccer player.
This is Nagbe's fifth season with the Timbers, and for the second time in three years they are in the conference semi-finals.
Nagbe said he found out via texts and emails about the selection. The FIFA games would be the next two weeks in St. Louis and Trinidad, but he would not miss any playoff games if the Timbers advance to the Western Conference finals.
In true Nagbe fashion, he didn't show too much excitement when talking to the media Friday. He said a few of his teammates have congratulated him, but he's not bringing it up to the others.
“This is just the icing on the cake being able to represent the country in important games,” he said.
Nagbe noted he is still focused first on the Timbers and the upcoming match against the Whitecaps.
The second leg of the matchup kicks off Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in British Columbia on Fox Sports 1, and Portland will advance with at least a draw if they can net a goal.
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