MLS Draft 2011: Darlington Nagbe Says Hello To Portland Timbers Fans

No team is feeling any better about the draft than the Portland Timbers. After Omar Salgado unexpectedly went No. 1, they were able to choose between Darlington Nagbe and Perry Kitchen. No matter what else happened in the draft, Timbers fans have to be happy with Nagbe.

Stumptown Footy's Geoff Gibson was able to interview Nagbe post draft. Among the issues that were touched upon was the circumstances around how he ended up not going No. 1. There was a rumor circulating that he was going to refuse to play for Vancouver. While he admitted to preferring to staying in the United States, where he's lived since moving with his family from Liberia in 2001, he vehemently denied that he'd refuse to play for Vancouver.

"I would have gladly played for Vancouver. I would have played for anyone."

Nagbe went on to talk about how excited he is to playing in front of supporters like the Timbers Army. When he was told that fans have already been coming up with chants for him, he seemed almost embarrassed.

"Never had anyone chant my name before so it's awesome that fans are making chants for me. I know that the fans are really dedicated and I'm really excited."

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