Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe, a former Development Academy player with Internationals SC, has been one of Portland’s top facilitators this season.
Nagbe assisted Fanendo Adi’s 69th-minute goal with a pass through Vancouver Whitecaps FC goalkeeper David Ousted’s legs to cap off the scoring during a 3-0 win on Saturday in Portland.
Though Nagbe has yet to score a goal this season, Nagbe is finding plenty of ways to maintain a strong presence on the attacking end. He now has six assists this season, which ranks second on the team behind only Diego Valeri’s 14 and is a career-high.
RSL AZ Alum Salcedo tallies first MLS goal: Defender Carlos Salcedo became the first Real Salt Lake AZ Academy player to score a goal during Real Salt Lake’s 5-1 drubbing of the Colorado Rapids on Friday at Rio Tinto Stadium. Salcedo drove a 15-yard shot into the net following a corner kick to tally his first MLS goal and cap off Salt Lake’s scoring. In two seasons with Real Salt Lake, the 20-year-old Salcedo has now made 15 starts and played in 20 matches while logging 1,420 minutes.
Elsewhere, LA Galaxy homegrown forward Gyasi Zardes assisted Robbie Keane’s 62nd-minute equalizer and the Galaxy rallied for a 2-1 victory against FC Dallas on Sunday at StubHub Center. It was his second assist of the season. Zardes and Keane are currently tied for third in MLS with 15 goals each.
Last week, D.C. United Academy alum Bill Hamid made six saves during D.C. United’s 2-1 victory against Waterhouse in CONCACAF Champions League play last Tuesday. Hamid came up with several key saves throughout, including a stop in the third minute of second-half stoppage time as D.C. was playing with 10 men.