Lee Nguyen

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Lee Nguyen
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-10-07) October 7, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Richardson, Texas, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
New England Revolution
Number 24
Youth career
2005 Indiana Hoosiers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Ajax Orlando Prospects 0 (0)
2006–2009 PSV Eindhoven 1 (0)
2008–2009 Randers 22 (0)
2009–2010 Hoàng Anh Gia Lai ? (9)
2010–2011 Becamex Bình Dương ? (2)
2012– New England Revolution 95 (27)
National team
2005 United States U20 2 (0)
2007– United States 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 14, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 14, 2014

Lee Nguyễn (Vietnamese: Nguyễn Thế Anh), born October 7, 1986) is an American soccer midfielder for the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer. Nguyen holds dual citizenship in the United States and Vietnam.[1]

Youth and college[edit]

Nguyen graduated from Plano East Senior High School in his native Texas[2] and was named National Gatorade Boys Soccer High School Player of the Year in 2005.[3] He played one season for Indiana University in 2005, producing five goals and 12 assists in 22 games and was selected as 2005 National Freshman of the Year by Soccer America and Soccer Times. Nguyen was also a first team All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Freshman of the Year.[4]

Club career[edit]

PSV Eindhoven[edit]

Nguyen began his professional career by signing a three-and-half year deal with Dutch Eredivisie team PSV Eindhoven in February 2006, but after making just two appearances with the club’s senior team, he moved on in order to get more first-team time somewhere else.[5]

Randers FC[edit]

On January 31, 2008, Nguyen signed with the Danish Superliga club Randers FC until the summer of 2009.[6] He made 23 appearances with the club in parts of two seasons.[7]

Hoàng Anh Gia Lai[edit]

With Nguyen still hoping to remain in Europe but ready for a change of scenery, V.League 1 club Hoàng Anh Gia Lai, based in the centrally-located city of Pleiku, gave his Vietnamese father a contract offer in January 2009 to pass along to his son. The offer was much more lucrative than what he could have hoped for anywhere else, but by accepting it he took himself completely off the United States Men's National Team radar at the age of 23 after just three appearances.[8]

Nguyen became the Vietnamese league's first American player when he signed with Hoàng Anh Gia Lai on January 17, 2009. He scored 13 goals and 16 assists in 24 appearances in all competitions for the club in 2009.[9] Through club partnership connections, Nguyen spent the middle of 2009 training with English club Arsenal in the hopes of earning another contract in Europe.[10]

Becamex Binh Duong[edit]

In January 2010, Nguyen signed with another V.League 1 club, Becamex Binh Duong F.C. in Ho Chi Minh City. Injuries limited his impact as he scored just one goal in five appearances for the club in one and a half years.[11] His desire to play for the US was rekindled, however, by the August 2011 hiring of head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, whose style Nguyen hoped would better fit his midfield skills. Despite a large new contract offer in Vietnam, he decided to return to the US.[12]

New England Revolution[edit]

Nguyen signed a multi-year deal with Major League Soccer on December 7, 2011 and was originally allocated to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in a weighted lottery. He made three preseason appearances with Vancouver before being waived on March 1, 2012.[13] On March 2, 2012, he was selected by the New England Revolution with the second overall pick in the MLS Waiver Draft.[14]

Nguyen made 30 regular-season appearances for the Revolution in 2012, including 27 starts. He finished second on the team with five goals and was voted the team's MVP by the fans.[15] His second career MLS goal—and second goal of the game against Vancouver on May 12—was one of four finalists for the MLS Goal of the Year Award.[16]

In 2013, Nguyen appeared in 33 league matches, scoring four goals and recording seven assists.[17]

In 2014, Nguyen led the Revolution with 18 goals and 5 assists and was again voted team MVP. For his contributions to the team - including 9 game-winning goals in the regular season - Nguyen was named as a finalist for the 2014 version of the Major League Soccer MVP Award along with Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane.[18] Nguyen's goal against the Houston Dynamo also made it to the final round of voting for the 2014 version of the MLS Goal of the Year Award.[19]

International career[edit]

After playing for several United States junior level squads, namely the Under-18s, Under-20s, and Under-23s, including being the only high school player named to the Under-20 roster for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, Nguyen made his debut for the senior United States Men's National Team in a friendly against China on June 2, 2007. He made two other appearances with the team in 2007 as part of the Copa America roster.[20]

On November 10, 2014, Jurgen Klinsmann called up Nguyen for the first time in seven years for friendlies against Colombia and Ireland.[21][22][23]

Honors[edit]

Individual[edit]

Club[edit]

PSV Eindhoven
New England Revolution

Career statistics[edit]

As of October 31, 2014
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
United States League US Open Cup PDL Playoffs North America Total
Ajax Orlando Prospects 2005 USL PDL 0 0 0 0 0 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Cruijff Shield Europe Total
PSV Eindhoven 2005–06 Eredivisie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Denmark League DBU Pokalen LigaCup Europe Total
Randers 2007–08 Superliga 13 0 0 0 13 0
2008–09 9 0 3 3 12 3
Vietnam League National Cup Super Cup Asia Total
Hoàng Anh Gia Lai 2009 V.League 1  ? 9  ? 4  ? 13
2010 1 0 0 0 1 0
Becamex Bình Dương 2010  ? 0 0 0  ? 0
2011 5 2 0 0 5 2
United States League US Open Cup MLS Cup North America Total
New England Revolution 2012 MLS 30 5 1 1 0 0 31 6
2013 33 4 1 0 2 0 36 4
2014 32 18 3 0 3 2 38 20
Total Denmark 22 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 25 3
Netherlands 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
United States 95 27 5 1 5 2 0 0 105 30
Vietnam 24 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 11
Career statistics 142 38 8 4 5 2 0 0 155 44

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, Nguyen was named one of The Boston Globe’s 25 Most Stylish Bostonians.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bill Littlefield (June 2, 2012). "The Long, Strange Trip of Lee Nguyen". Only A Game. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lee Nguyen Bio - Indiana University Official Athletic Site". iuhoosiers.com. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Nguyen Named Gatorade POY (03-08-05) - Indiana University Official Athletic Site". iuhoosiers.com. March 8, 2005. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lee Nguyen Bio - Indiana University Official Athletic Site". iuhoosiers.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lee Nguyen - MLSsoccer.com". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ HelminLagt, Jesper (January 31, 2008). "Tre forstærkninger til Randers FC". bold.dk (in Danish) (Sport Publish OÜ). 
  7. ^ "Lee Nguyen - MLSsoccer.com". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  8. ^ "For New England Revolution playmaker Lee Nguyen, a rugged road to MLS stardom - MLSsoccer.com". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Lee Nguyen - MLSsoccer.com". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  10. ^ "US-Vietnamese Star Lee Nguyen To Train With Arsenal". Goal.com. September 17, 2009. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Lee Nguyen - MLSsoccer.com". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  12. ^ "For New England Revolution playmaker Lee Nguyen, a rugged road to MLS stardom - MLSsoccer.com". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  13. ^ Fidencio Enriquez (December 6, 2011). "Ex-US int'l Nguyen signs multi-year deal with MLS". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Revs add midfielder Lee Nguyen through Waiver Draft". revolutionsoccer.net. March 2, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Lee Nguyen - MLSsoccer.com". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Revolution's Nguyen finalist for MLS goal of the year". boston.com. November 24, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Lee Nguyen - MLSsoccer.com". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Robbie Keane, Obafemi Martins, Lee Nguyen vie for MVP as MLS announces 2014 awards finalists". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  19. ^ "2014 AT&T Goal of the Year Nominees: Final Four". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Lee Nguyen - MLSsoccer.com". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Lee Nguyen relishes second crack with U.S. national team". Goal.com. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  22. ^ Revolution’s Lee Nguyen, Jermaine Jones called up to US team
  23. ^ "New England Revolution excited for "well deserved" USMNT call-ups for Lee Nguyen, Jermaine Jones". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  24. ^ "The 25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2012". boston.com. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 

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