Darlington Nagbe’s Instinctive Scoop Shows Why Soccer Is The Best And Nothing Is Even Close

Darlington Nagbe’s stunner against Colorado was a goal worthy of your love and admiration.

After a long footballing period consisting of nothing but transfer market hell and the Gold Cup, it’s permissible that you’d forgotten the real meaning of the beautiful game. It’s totally normal to have watched an inning or two of MLB on the TV, to have spent an inordinate amount of time discussing which Game of Thrones characters and story arcs you vaguely remember. 

Gerard Pique is a defender, not a poet. Mino Raiola is a sideshow, not the main attraction. The football’s since returned, but MLS would argue that it never really left. 

You can make jokes and choose sides on that point, but there’s no arguing the quality of this strike from Darlington Nagbe on Wednesday. The instinctive swivel and scooped chip from the USMNT midfielder is a thing of glory, and it left national teammate Tim Howard with absolutely no chance.

The 27-year-old is enjoying a fine season with Portland, and it looks like the United States is going to win the World Cup.

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