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Crew captain Darlington Nagbe signs extension

Field Level Media
18 Nov 2023, 02:19 GMT+10

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The Columbus Crew announced a multiyear extension Friday with captain Darlington Nagbe.

The 33-year-old midfielder has been with the club since 2020 and will remain there through 2025, with a club option for 2026.

"It's hard to put into words what Darlington means to this club. He is a proven winner and difference-maker who has consistently shown why he is one of the most highly respected players in MLS for his leadership, character, and his performance on the pitch and how he carries himself off it," Crew president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said.

"Darlington embodies the essence of a truly elite midfielder -- smooth in possession with an uncanny ability to get out of very difficult situations on the field. He is revered by his teammates and opponents alike, and it was a priority for us to secure his long-term future in Columbus. We are excited that he and his family will remain members of the Crew and our city as we strive to win more championships."

Nagbe is a 13-year MLS veteran, a three-time MLS Cup winner and a two-time All-Star.

He will continue the chase for his fourth championship when the Crew face Orlando City in the Eastern Conference semifinals on Nov. 25.

"Playing in my home state the past four years and winning an MLS Cup with the Crew has been really special, and it's a blessing to continue my career in Columbus, both for me and my family," Nagbe said. "We have more work to do, but I'm excited about what we've accomplished together this season and the future direction of our club."

He recorded three goals and one assist in 34 MLS matches (32 starts) in 2023, bringing his career totals to 38 goals and 46 assists in 386 matches (371 starts) for the Portland Timbers (2011-17), Atlanta United (2018-19) and Columbus.

--Field Level Media

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