Darlington Nagbe, who grew up in the
Cleveland area and attended the University of Akron, is returning to Ohio to play for the Columbus Crew.
The Crew sent $700,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, $150,000 in General Allocation Money and an international roster spot for the 2020 MLS season, as well as $200,000 in Targeted Allocation Money for the 2021 MLS season. Atlanta can receive up to $375,000 in additional allocation money via performance-based incentives.
Nagbe, 29, won MLS Cup 2018 and the 2019 Open Cup and 2019 Campeones Cup with Atlanta United. He is reunited with Crew head coach Caleb Porter, who was his coach at Akron when it won the 2010 NCAA Division I title and at the Portland Timbers, who were 2015 MLS champions.
“Darlington Nagbe is a proven winner and the type of player who can be a difference-maker in our team,” said Crew SC president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “In addition to his skill set, we believe that Darlington is someone whose character and values fit well within our organization. As we stated heading into this offseason, we continue to look both domestically and internationally for players that will make our team better, and we believe Darlington is an important part of those efforts.”
Nagbe has been one of the top midfielders in MLS in recent years. He has earned 25 caps with the U.S. national team and won the 2017 Gold Cup. But his last appearance for the USA came in a friendly against Paraguay in March 2018.