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Former Akron Zip Darlington Nagbe nets game-winning goal against Ecuador

Nagbe's 90th minute strike gave the USMNT a 1-0 decision over Ecuador in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday night.

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While former Akron Zip Darlington Nagbe's international soccer career is just getting started, he's already starting to make a mark.

Nagbe's 90th-minute strike from the middle of the box lifted the U.S. Men's National Team to a 1-0 victory over a strong Ecuador side in a friendly. It was Nagbe's first goal for the USMNT after gaining U.S. citizenship just a year ago.

Nagbe started the game on the bench but was inserted into the game during halftime, subbing off starting midfielder Kyle Beckerman. He played a great second half, which culminated in that fantastic goal. Nagbe did well to stay calm after striker Bobby Wood found him wide open in front of the Ecuadorian goal, slotting the ball past the diving keeper to cement the U.S. victory.

It's been quite a wild ride for Nagbe this past year. He helped the Portland Timbers win the MLS title (along with former Akron head coach Caleb Porter), is getting solid playing time and was named to the official roster for the Copa America, which starts this summer. If tonight's performance is any indication, Nagbe is in store for some more opportunities to contribute to the National Team.