Update: It is official, Nagbe has been called up for the remainder of the Gold Cup.
According to a report from Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep, Darlington Nagbe has been called up to the United States Men’s National Team for the remainder of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Nagbe was a part of the US’s initial 40 man roster and is eligible to be added to the roster at the conclusion of the Gold Cup’s group stage.
The call up will likely leave the Portland Timbers without the services of Nagbe for their next two matches, a Wednesday evening home game against Real Salt Lake on the 19th and their road Cascadia Cup match the following Sunday against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
All of that is contingent on the US getting at least a point from their final group match this afternoon when they will face Honduras at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH.
For the Timbers, the loss of Nagbe would prolong the team’s struggles with absences. David Guzman is also away at the Gold Cup, serving with the Costa Rican national team, while Diego Chara is coming off an injury, Amobi Okugo is still out injured, and Lawrence Olum could still be dragooned into the back line at center back if new arrival Larrys Mabiala is not yet match fit. This would leave the Timbers with Ben Zemanski as their lone fully fit holding midfielder as they return from the group stage break.
Make sure to click over to Goal.com’s article to get the full run down of the other players that Bruce Arena could be adding, as well as some comments from the USMNT head coach on the team’s performance so far.