According to New England Revolutions owner Jonathan Kraft, Revs midfielder Lee Nguyen has been called up to the United States squad for the upcoming international break.
Kraft, speaking on Boston’s 98.5 The Sport Hub, said that the 28-year-old Texan will be a part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s selection for next week’s friendlies against Ireland and Colombia.
Unfortunately for Nguyen, he may not be able to make it.
The Revs are still in the MLS playoffs, and pending their result against the Columbus Crew tonight – in which they already have a 4-2 road win and will just look to see the playoff round out – they will likely be moving on to the Eastern Conference finals. While nothing is confirmed, some are speculating at this point that Nguyen’s call-up will be contingent on the Revs’ playoff status, and if they remain in the battle, he won’t be in the squad.
It’s a double-edged sword for Nguyen, but we now have confirmation that he’s at the very least been watched by the national team, which is promising after such a great MLS season. He hasn’t been a part of the national team since 2007, when he made three appearances – one in a friendly against China and a pair in the Copa America.
With 18 goals and four assists this season in MLS play, Nguyen has certainly earned his call-up. Whether he can or can’t make the trip, let’s hope he gets looks in the future as well.