MLS Player of the Week — Week 34: Portland’s Darlington Nagbe

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They needed that.

Yes, Darlington Nagbe’s Portland Timbers would’ve made the playoffs even without his heroics on “Decision Day”, but this club needed to avoid “backing in” to the postseason.

But so much was on the line before the 25-year-old midfielder recorded a brace to help Portland into the West’s No. 3 seed with a 4-1 win over Colorado Rapids. The Timbers missed the playoffs last year, and largely disappointed during their rebound attempt.

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Now they get a home game at Providence Park, just a couple of weeks after their last trip outside the Top Six. Considering that San Jose’s loss would’ve allowed the Timbers the make the postseason, Nagbe’s brace may’ve just saved some jobs.

Nagbe scored a wonderful free kick for Portland, and wasn’t deterred when the Rapids tied it up moments later. He made it 2-1 with a second goal.

USMNT, anyone?

MLS Players of the Week

Week 1: Tyler Deric, Houston Dynamo

Week 2: Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

Week 3: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls

Week 4: Kaka, Orlando City SC

Week 5: Harrison Shipp, Chicago Fire

Week 6: Jaime Penedo, LA Galaxy

Week 7: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas

Week 8: Ethan Finlay, Columbus Crew SC

Week 9: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas

Week 10: Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas

Week 11: Chad Barrett, Seattle Sounders

Week 12: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew SC

Week 13: Krisztian Nemeth, Sporting Kansas City

Week 14: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 15: David Villa, New York City FC

Week 16: Matias Perez Garcia, San Jose Earthquakes

Week 17: Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers

Week 18: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 21: Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

Week 23: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 24: Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

Week 25: Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

Week 26: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls

Week 27: Didier Drogba, Montreal Impact

Week 28: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew SC

Week 29: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 30: Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

Week 31: Tim Melia, Sporting Kansas City

Week 33: Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas

Week 34: Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers