Columbus Crew SC continued the team’s 2020 MLS regular season against old-time rivals Chicago Fire at MAPFRE Stadium on Thursday night. The Black & Gold defeated their Bridgeview counterparts 3-0, but it was midfielder Darlington Nagbe who stole the show.
The former Atlanta United midfielder may have captured MLS Goal of The Year for the second time in his career.
Nagbe scored his first goal in a Black & Gold uniform, making it his 30th career goal with a wonder strike that kissed off the near-side post and past an outstretched Bobby Shuttleworth.
Now, the distance my seem familiar to Crew fans, when it appears to be just the same as former captain Wil Trapp’s goal against Orlando City SC in 2018, where Trapp ripped home a shot past keeper Joe Bendik to defeat the Lions.
Or, the infamous Pedro Santos strike at MAPFRE Stadium that tied the match against FC Cincinnati in the inaugural MLS Hell is Real derby back in August of 2019. Santos teed up a rocket that rippled the netting past Cincinnati net minder Tyton to give the Black & Gold a crucial point against their inter-state rivals.
Both goals were massive for Crew, but Nagbe’s was something special to help keep the Crew on the hot start that the team is currently having. Nagbe isn’t known for scoring, yet when he does, it’s always a great one.
NAGBE WITH A THUNDER STRIKE!!!— Massive Report (@MassiveReport) August 21, 2020
In the 81st minute of play against the Fire Thursday night, Nagbe flicked a rolling ball up into the air and took a shot from the same spot on the pitch as the aforementioned goals, and it’s something you just have to see for yourself.
Just give @darlingtonnagbe Goal of the Year already pic.twitter.com/lMLvzTaKdi— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) August 21, 2020
This isn’t the first time Nagbe has had a GOTY moment. He won goal of the year in his days with the Portland Timbers, when he practically scored the same way against Sporting Kansas City.
Nonetheless, just give Nagbe Goal Of the Year. He deserves it after that.