Timbers send Nagbe to Atlanta in record-setting trade

Darlington Nagbe is the franchise leader in games played (214) and amassed 27 goals and 30 assists during his seven seasons in Portland. Nagbe also helped the team to an MLS championship in 2015.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers have traded long-time midfielder and fan favorite Darlington Nagbe to Atlanta United FC.

Portland will receive a record $1.05 million in allocation money from Atlanta over the next two years with performance incentives that could add another $600,000 to the total. Portland also gets an international spot through Dec. 31, 2018 from Atlanta.

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The allocation money the TImbers will receive in the trade is the most in MLS history, according to ESPN, topping the base amount of $900,000 that Orlando City sent to Sporting Kansas City when it traded for Dom Dwyer in July.

Atlanta will also receive Timbers defender Gbenga Arokoyo in the trade.

Nagbe, 27, was picked by the Timbers with the second overall selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. He leads the franchise in games played with 214, and amassed 27 goals and 30 assists during his seven seasons in Portland. Nagbe was also a key player on the team that won an MLS championship in 2015.

"Thank you, Portland, and everyone that supported my family and me the past seven years," Nagbe said in a statement released by the Timbers.


"As the club’s first-ever MLS draft pick, Darlington has grown with this team from its beginnings in the league and has been a great player and representative in his seven years with the Timbers. He will always be a part of the Timbers family," said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers.

Atlanta vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said Nagbe was the team's top offseason target.

"He is a perfect fit for our style of play as he has a dynamic ability to dribble out of trouble, maintain possession and make passes that bring additional players into the game," Bocanegra said.

Nagbe was such a beloved player by the Timbers faithful that a group of fans wrote a Hamilton spoof as an ode to the 27-year-old midfielder last year.

Arokoyo played in one game with the Timbers after he was signed in August 2016. He suffered a season-ending injury last preseason.

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This is the second trade in the past week made by the Timbers, On Sunday, they received an international roster spot in a deal that sent Darren Mattocks to D.C. United.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.