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Portland Timbers ace Nagbe closing in on USA eligibility

Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson has revealed that Darlington Nagbe will soon be eligible to represent the USA national team.

The 24-year old winger was born in Liberia in 1990 but eventually made his way to the States with his family as an 11-year old.

Nagbe, who has been with the Timbers since 2011, can become available for selection by US boss Juergen Klinsmann later in the year and Paulson feels he is a player whose dynamism will interest the German tactician and his coaching staff.

"Darlington Nagbe is going to be likely eligible for the national team this September, so there's a unique skill-set guy I imagine they'd be interested in," Paulson said on MLSsoccer.com's Extra Time Radio.

"He does so much besides score, and I think most folks recognize that," Paulson added.

"I do think that you're going to see a really good year from Darlington; he was playing really high-quality soccer at the end of the year (in 2014).

"He certainly should've had more goals than the numbers indicated, but I think he's got a big season in front of him."

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