It took awhile for the U.S. Men’s National Team to find an offensive rhythm on Wednesday night, but Darlington Nagbe’s inclusion in the second half provided the Americans with a much-needed spark.
After being thrust into the lineup at halftime by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the Portland Timbers midfielder put in an excellent shift against Ecuador. Nagbe scored the game’s lone goal in the 90th minute, guiding the attacker to SBI USMNT Man of the Match honors.
The goal was Nagbe’s first in a USMNT uniform, and the game winner couldn’t have come at a better time for a side that managed just two shots on target all evening. Bobby Wood’s cross was perfectly chested down by Nagbe before he volleyed his effort home to give the U.S. the 1-0 victory.
Nagbe’s performance earned him honors as SBI USMNT Man of the Match over DeAndre Yedlin, Bobby Wood and Michael Bradley.
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