Columbus acquires Nagbe from Atlanta for $1M in allocation
Darlington Nagbe is headed for a reunion with old boss Caleb Porter.
Columbus has sent over $1 million in allocation money to Atlanta United in order to claim the influential midfielder.
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Porter coached Nagbe at the University of Akron and the Portland Timbers, and has 25 USMNT caps but has turned down Gregg Berhalter’s requests for service.
Nagbe made 46 appearances across all competitions for the Five Stripes this season, scoring twice with five assists. He has 313 matches played between Portland and Atlanta.
It’s a bold statement from Columbus, who had a reputation for getting the most of its talent under Berhalter but faded under Porter after a hot start. The Crew began 2019 with a 4-1-1 record but lost 13 of its next 15 matches.
Of course, being MLS, the Crew then only lost 2 of their final 13 matches. Shoulder shrug emoji.