New England Revolution: Re-Signing Lee Nguyen Is Brilliant

By Baxter Colburn
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The New England Revolution has done everything right this offseason, and with the recent re-signing of midfielder Lee Nguyen, their team just became a whole lot more dangerous.

Since joining the Revolution in 2012 via the waiver draft from the Vancouver Whitecaps, Nguyen has scored nine goals and added nine assists during his 63 appearances for the club.

If I was head of the Revolution organization, I would make sure that the new contract for Nguyen was at least three years long, that way it allows him to build more chemistry with young players like Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe and recently drafted Patrick Mullins.

In today’s game, teams in the MLS must be fast, strong and full of attacking options. New England certainly fits every single category, especially after having such a successful draft class.

Jay Heaps has always had the knowledge of what it takes to be successful in soccer, especially after his long career in the MLS. Since taking over two seasons ago, he has taken the Revolution from bottom of the table to playoff contenders. In his defense, Heaps did have rather large shoes to fill after long time head coach Steve Nicol stepped down. After last season and this 2014 Super Draft, he has definitely quieted any doubters of his ability to coach at the professional level.

For the Revolution, having Nguyen to look up the central midfield is absolutely a key to the team’s predicted success for 2014. Opening day will place them against bitter rivals, the Houston Dynamo. With all the right pieces in place to make a deep run for MLS Cup 2014, Nguyen and company will be a continuous force to be reckoned with in 2014.

Baxter Colburn is an MLS Soccer writer for Follow him on Twitter @Baxstar20, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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