As the No. 2 pick in this year's MLS SuperDraft, expectations were always going to be high for Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe. But I doubt many people expected him to score his first MLS goal like this.
With Portland down 2-0 after a pair of early goals from Sporting KC, Nagbe made Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen regret punching the ball directly to him (and the KC defenders regret forgetting he was on the pitch) by juggling the ball just outside the box a couple of times to casually set himself up for a shot that rose up over his teammate's attempt to head it and into the far corner of the goal. Portland still lost the game 2-1, presumably because KC learned to not set up Nagbe like that again.
If for some bizarre reason we had to compare them, this wasn't as impressive as Eric Hassli's goal a few weeks ago. It was still quite nice and definitely not a bad way to get started, though.
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