Nagbe joins Atlanta in record-breaking deal

Nagbe joins Atlanta in record-breaking deal

Atlanta United made a blockbuster trade on Wednesday, the ambitious MLS club making a deal with the Portland Timbers for Darlington Nagbe. He was selected with the second overall pick in that year's MLS SuperDraft. He leads the franchise in games played with 214, and amassed 27 goals and 30 assists during his seven seasons in Portland.

Nagbe, Portland's first-ever MLS draft pick, was shipped to Atlanta in exchange for $650,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) for the upcoming season, $100,000 in GAM for the following season, $350,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) for the upcoming season and an worldwide spot for next season.

When the Timbers won the MLS Cup trophy in 2015, Nagbe played in each of the Timbers' 6 playoff games that season. "He will always be a part of the Timbers family, and we wish Darlington, his wife, Felicia, and their two children all the best".

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Nagbe joins a strong midfield in Atlanta that already includes Miguel Almiron, Hector Villalba and league Rookie of the Year Julian Gressel.

The funds involved in the deal included $650,000 in general allocation money in 2018, $100,000 in 2019, and $300,000 in targeted allocation money.

If the Timbers really are in rebuild mode with the departure of coach Caleb Porter and now Nagbe, they have the huge influx of cash gives them lots of flexibility to improve the roster during the offseason and address needs at several key positions.

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