As ESPN’s Taylor Twellman reported last week, Darlington Nagbe did turn down a call-up for the U.S. national team’s recent friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand. I’m told that “family time” wasn’t the only reason Nagbe decided not to come, though.
Part of the reason was a lack of playing time, but there were other ways in which Nagbe didn’t feel valued by Klinsmann. Sources in Portland and with U.S. Soccer say that Nagbe had conversations with Klinsmann and the national team staff, and those sources now think it’s possible that Nagbe may not get called back in to the team moving forward.
The Liberia-born Nagbe earned his first cap with the U.S. national team last November, after securing his U.S. citizenship. He has a goal and five assists in 26 games (all starts) with Portland this season in MLS. He has 10 caps and one goal with the U.S.