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.
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.
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