Man it feels good to be king.
I talk of course about Darlington Nagbe, who was an absolute terror to the Seattle Sounders on Sunday and opened the scoring with an outrageous golazo that made all the hype going into #RivalryWeek worth it.
No one needed to be told how much this game meant to either side. The Timbers and Seattle hate one another and with points for the Cascadia Cup available and a recent run of bad results for either side, both had a point to prove.
Nagbe, who has been great all season for Portland, despite the lack of goal-scoring/assisting output, seemed to take the rivalry personally as he repeatedly drove at the Sounders' back line, searching for openings.
It wasn't long before he found one, and when he did, it sent the Timbers' crowd into hysterics.
Nagbe found himself in a patch of space in the 12 minute and, with the crowd urging him to shoot, he let loose an absolute rocket of a shot that beat Stefan Frei to the near post and sent Providence Park into a frenzy.
The Sounders would equalize, but Portland were dominant throughout the match and a late brace by Fanendo Adi and a dagger by Rodney Wallace sent Seattle limping out of Providence Park with a 4-1 loss to add to their recent slide of results.
This is exactly what the Timbers needed after a shellacking by the LA Galaxy at midweek and with Nagbe scoring goals -- a constant slight on his game since he's been in MLS -- Portland may have what it takes to challenge in the Western Conference.
With games against two other Western Conference challengers in Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes coming up in the next week, Nagbe picked the right time to find his scoring boots. Let's see if he can keep them on throughout the rest of the season.
The Last Week:
Last week we gave a small blurb about the last week's winner, but since the Colorado Rapids seem determined to underwhelm once again this season, let's take a second to acknowledge some pretty big #MACtion news.
DeAndre Yedlin was selected to Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man squad for the Gold Cup in July.
Currently listed as a midfielder, it seems clear that Klinsmann plans to use Yedlin to add some dynamism and pace to the U.S. attack while keeping Timmy Chandler or Fabian Johnson at right back. This also shows that Yedlin's lack of game time at Tottenham Hotspur hasn't changed his position in Klinsmann's eyes.
And with a loan move being worked out by Spurs' management, Yedlin will be looking to get some quality minutes on the pitch this summer and next season.