A pacey, possession-oriented player who excels when tucked in centrally behind the forwards … adds a creative, highly-technical element to the Revolution attack … a fan favorite in Foxborough … enters the 2014 season ranked in the top 10 in several of the Revolution’s career statistical categories: corner kicks (eighth, 105), game-winning assists (tied for ninth, five) and penalty kick goals (tied for sixth, three) … the first-ever American player to play in the Vietnamese Super League, Nguyen has experience at the top levels in Europe and in his family’s native land … one of the most exciting young U.S. prospects in his age group, he has past experience at several levels of U.S. Soccer: Under-18s, Under-20s, Under-23s and the U.S. National Team … signed with MLS in December 2011, and was originally allocated to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in a weighted lottery ... made three preseason appearances with Vancouver before being waived on March 1, 2012 … selected by the Revolution in the Waiver Draft, held on March 2, 2012. … his second goal against Vancouver in May 2012 lost out to a David Beckham free kick in goal-of-the-week voting behind “record text voting” that week, but was one of four finalists for MLS’ AT&T Goal of the Year, all through fan voting … is fluent in Vietnamese and is conversational in Spanish … Twitter account: @LeeNguyen24.
2013: Appeared in 33 league matches, making 32 starts (four at left midfield, two at right midfield and 26 in the central midfield). Scored four goals and added seven assists. Two of his goals were penalty kicks, where he went 2-for-3 this year. Four of his assists were game-winners, tying him for sixth in MLS with the second-highest total in the league this year. Recorded two multiple-assist matches this year: vs. San Jose (July 6) and at Columbus (July 20). The two-assist effort against San Jose was the first multi-assist match of his career. Scored the team’s second goal in a 5-0 win over LA (June 2). His two-assist performance at Columbus came in a 32-minute substitute appearance – his only non-start of the season. Converted the game-winning penalty kick against D.C. United (Sept. 21) for his third goal of the season and first since June 2 against LA. Converted another penalty kick at New York (Oct. 5) for his fourth goal of the season. Picked up fifth yellow card against Montreal (Oct. 12) and missed match against Columbus (Oct. 19). Recorded the game-winning assist on Juan Agudelo’s goal at Columbus (Oct. 27) in the team’s 1-0 win that clinched a playoff berth. Started both of the team’s MLS Cup Playoffs matches against Sporting Kansas City (Nov. 2 and Nov. 6). Recorded first career playoff assist in the team’s 2-1 win over Kansas City (Nov. 2) in leg 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Made one U.S. Open Cup appearance – a second-half substitute appearance in the quarterfinals at D.C. United (June 26).
2012: Voted the 2012 Revolution MVP by the fans. Made regular-season 30 appearances, including 27 starts (25 at left midfield and two at central midfield), before undergoing season-ending right shoulder surgery on Sept. 24. Finished second on the team with five goals, and added two assists. Was the only player on the team to appear in the each of the team’s first 30 games of the season before his season-ending surgery. Also saw time at central midfield, right midfield and withdrawn forward. Made his Revolution - and MLS - debuts in the season opener at San Jose (March 10), coming on as a 69th-minute substitute at withdrawn forward. Made his first start with the Revs at left wing at Kansas City (March 17), before moving centrally later in the game. Recorded his first career assist on Jose Moreno’s sixth-minute goal against D.C. (April 14) and played 55 minutes while battling a fever and needing a pre-game IV infusion. Scored his first and second career goals and recorded one assist against Vancouver (May 12), earning MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 10. His second goal in that game – a first-touch, 24-yard volley off a throw-in – was one of four finalists for MLS AT&T Goal of the Year. Scored his third goal of the season - a game-winning goal - against New York (July 8). Scored a long-range goal at Montreal (July 18). Scored his fifth goal of the season -- a penalty kick goal -- in a substitute appearance at Columbus (Aug. 25). Played his final game of the season in a start at left wing against New York (Sept. 22) before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery on Sept. 24 to correct chronic instability in his right shoulder. Scored one goal -- a penalty kick goal -- and had one assist in a substitute appearance at right wing, and later converted his penalty in PKs, in the team’s U.S. Open Cup third-round loss to the Harrisburg City Islanders (May 29).
BEFORE MLS: Began his professional career with PSV Eindhoven in January 2006 following one season at Indiana … made his professional debut when he came on as a substitute in the 1-0 road win at Heracles Almelo on Feb. 11, 2006 … split time between the senior and reserve teams at PSV, and made only one other senior team appearance – August 13, 2006 vs. Ajax in a 3-1 loss … after more time with the PSV reserves, moved to Randers FC of the Danish Superliga on Jan. 31, 2008 … debuted with Randers against Aarhus GF on March 20, 2008 … overall in parts of two seasons with Randers FC, made 23 appearances … moved to Hoang Anh Gia of the Vientamese Super League on Jan. 18, 2009 … scored 13 goals and added 16 assists in 24 appearances in all competitions in 2009 … after the season with Hoang Anh Gia, trained with Arsenal in England in January 2010, before signing a new deal with Becamex Binh Duong FC in January 2010 … he made several appearances in one and a half years, before parting ways in June 2011.
COLLEGE: Spent one season at collegiate power Indiana … earned national freshman of the year honors following a five-goal, 12-assist season in 22 games with the Hoosiers … also picked up Big Ten freshman of the year honors, as well as first-team all-conference accolades … helped Indiana advance to the championship matches of the Big Ten Tournament and second round of the NCAA Tournament.
INTERNATIONAL: Has represented the U.S. at many age levels, including the senior national team … has three caps with the U.S. National Team, all coming in 2007 … made his full international debut on June 2, 2007, in a 4-1 win over China in San Jose, Calif. … also made two appearances in the 2007 Copa America in Venezuela: July 2 vs. Paraguay (3-1 loss) and July 5 vs. Colombia (1-0 loss) … named to the Under-23 squad by Peter Nowak for the 2008 Toulon International Tournament in France (May 21-25, 2008) where he made three appearances … a member of the U.S. squad at the 2005 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Netherlands under Sigi Schmid and helped the U.S. advance to the round of 16 … made two appearances at the U20 World Cup: a substitute appearance on June 14, 2005 vs. German (0-0 draw) and a start on June 18, 2005 vs. Egypt (1-0 win) … a member of the U.S. Under-18 team at the 2005 Copa Chivas Youth Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico … started three matches at the 2005 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland: Aug. 1, 2005 vs. Brazil (1-1 draw), Aug. 3, 2005 vs. Serbia & Montenegro (1-0 win) and Aug. 5, 2005 vs. Northern Ireland (4-2 win) in Elite Group final.
PERSONAL: Son of Michelle and Pham Nguyen … holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Vietnam … studied business in his short stay at Indiana before turning pro … volunteered to work with physically-challenged children while he was in high school … loves golf, movies and playing the arcade game “Hot Hoops” … making his professional debut for PSV Eindhoven in 2006 ranks as his favorite soccer memory … enjoys traveling to anywhere tropical on vacation … outside of MLS, supports Arsenal and Barcelona … favorite movie is “Miracle” … named to the Boston Globe Magazine’s list of 2012’s “25 Most Stylish Bostonians.”
How Acquired: Selected by the Revolution with the second overall pick in the MLS Waiver Draft on March 2, 2012