Lee Nguyen

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Lee Nguyen
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-10-07) October 7, 1986 (age 27)
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
2004–2005 Indiana Hoosiers
2005 Ajax Orlando Prospects
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 PSV Eindhoven 1 (0)
2008–2009 Randers 22 (0)
2009–2010 Hoàng Anh Gia Lai 19 (9)
2010–2011 Becamex Bình Dương 15 (2)
2012– New England Revolution 82 (16)
National team
2007 United States U23 3 (0)
2007 United States 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 31, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 7, 2007

Lee Nguyễn (Vietnamese: Nguyễn Thế Anh),[1] born October 7, 1986) is an American soccer player who plays for New England Revolution in Major League Soccer, as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Randers FC[edit]

On January 31, 2008, it was announced that the Danish Superliga club Randers FC had signed Nguyen until the summer of 2009.[2]

Hoàng Anh Gia Lai[edit]

On January 17, 2009, Lee Nguyen signed with V.League 1 club Hoàng Anh Gia Lai.[3]

Through club partnership connections, Nguyen spent the summer of 2009 training with English club Arsenal in the hopes of earning another contract in Europe.[4]

New England Revolution[edit]

On December 7, 2011, it was officially announced that Nguyen had signed a multi-year deal with Major League Soccer which could potentially extend to 2015. The league used a weighted lottery system to determine the club for which he will play.[5] Vancouver Whitecaps FC won the lottery[6] on December 15, 2011. Although at one point he was the highest paid athlete in Vietnam,[7] Nguyen will earn less than $60,000 for the 2012 Major League Soccer season[6] but will earn $193,750 for the 2014 Major League Soccer season.[citation needed]

He was signed[citation needed] and then waived by the Whitecaps on March 1, 2012, before the season started.[8] He has been picked up by the New England Revolution of the MLS on March 2, 2012.[9] Nguyen scored two goals against his former club, Vancouver, in a 4–1 win at Gilette Stadium.[10]

International career[edit]

In 2005, Nguyen was named in the Milk Cup roster for the U-18 national team.[11]Nguyen made his debut for USA in a friendly against China in June 2007. The following month he was named in the 2007 Copa America team for the United States. He played in two games, a 1-0 loss against Colombia and a 3-1 loss against Paraguay.[12] As United States are not CONMEBOL members and were invitees as guests for the competitions, the caps he received were non-binding. In 2008, he was named in the Toulon Tournament team.[13]

Nguyen remains eligible for the Vietnam national football team.


  1. ^ "Lee Nguyễn nhập tịch Việt Nam" [Lee Nguyen's Vietnamese Citizenship]. vnexpress.net (in Vietnamese). April 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ HelminLagt, Jesper (January 31, 2008). "Tre forstærkninger til Randers FC". bold.dk (in Danish) (Sport Publish OÜ). 
  3. ^ "US Nat Lee Nguyen Close To Vietnam Move". Goal.com. December 17, 2008. Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "US-Vietnamese Star Lee Nguyen To Train With Arsenal". Goal.com. September 17, 2009. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Fidencio Enriquez (December 6, 2011). "Ex-US int'l Nguyen signs multi-year deal with MLS". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b McCauley, Kevin (December 6, 2011). "Vancouver Whitecaps Acquire Lee Nguyen Through Weighted Lottery". SBNation.com. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ Greg Seltzer (November 9, 2011). "American Exports: Nguyen on verge of signing with MLS". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Matt Watson obtains United States green card". WhitecapsFC.com. March 1, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Revs add midfielder Lee Nguyen through Waiver Draft". March 2, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  10. ^ Simon Fudge (May 12, 2012). "Whitecaps FC fall to humbling weekend defeat at New England Revolution | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Whitecapsfc.com. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ "U-18 MNT Draw 1-1 With Brazil at Milk Cup". ussoccer.com. 2 August 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Lee Nguyen profile at Soccerway
  13. ^ "Nowak Names 22-Player Roster for Toulon International Tournament". ussoccer.com. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 

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