FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution have signed midfielder Lee Nguyen to a new contract. Currently in his fifth season with the Revolution, the U.S. International is one of eight players in club history to record 20 goals and 20 assists.
“Lee is an important member of this Club and we’re pleased we were able to reach a new agreement with him,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. “He is a player who has the ability to make players around him better and we’ve all seen his game develop incrementally since he joined us in 2012. We look forward to his continued contributions on the field and have no doubt he will assume an even larger leadership role for New England both on and off the field.”
Nguyen has logged 10,860 minutes in 129 appearances – including 124 starts – since joining the Revolution in 2012. One of Major League Soccer’s most creative and inventive players on the ball, Nguyen has also exhibited a goal-scoring touch, recording 34 goals and 24 assists with New England. In 2015, he made 31 starts in 32 appearances, registering seven goals and a career-high 10 assists in 2,706 minutes.
The McKinney, Texas, native finished second in MLS MVP voting following the 2014 campaign, during which he recorded 18 goals and five assists and helped lead the Revs to MLS Cup 2014. Nguyen was voted MLSsoccer.com’s Etihad Player of the Month for October 2014 and was also named to MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Week on six separate occasions.
Prior to joining the Revolution, Nguyen spent three years in Vietnam’s V.League 1. He became the first American player in league history when he signed with Hoàng Anh Gia Lai in 2009. In 2011, he returned to MLS and was allocated to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, but was waived after three preseason appearances. The Revolution selected Nguyen with the second overall pick in the MLS Waiver Draft eight days before the start of the 2012 season.
Nguyen has nine caps with the United States Men’s National Team, including a pair of starts in friendlies versus Iceland and Canada in January 2016. After making his USMNT debut in the 2007 Copa America at the age of 21, Nguyen re-emerged onto the USMNT scene in 2014, seven years after earning his initial three caps.