The decision was the exact one that the Akron Zips star wanted as it meant he and his Liberian parents could stay in the US and not have to worry about immigrating once again.
"They (Whitecaps) knew it was a preference of mine, growing up in the United States," Nagbe said on ESPN2. "Maybe that played a role in it, maybe it didn't.
"I'm real excited and I can't wait. Portland is a great city and John Spencer is a real good coach."