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Longtime MLS veteran Lee Nguyen is departing the New England Revolution to join Vietnamese side Ho Chi Minh City, according to a Friday announcement from Ho Chi Minh City that was later confirmed by Nguyen on his social media channels.
Nguyen had been linked to a move to the V.League 1 side earlier this season, but instead wound up moving via trade from expansion side Inter Miami CF to the Revs, where he finished out the 2020 season. Those rumors resurfaced following the end of New England's 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs campaign, and the move was made official with Friday's announcement that Ngyuen shared on his personal Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Nguyen, 34, departs the Revs as one of the best players in club history, starting with his initial run with the club from 2012-2018, when he racked up 51 goals in 191 league appearances and established himself as one of the league's most dangerous attackers. His best season came in 2014, when he scored 18 goals and dished out five assists on his way to getting named as a finalist for the league's MVP award.
He was traded to LAFC in 2018 and had three goals and five assists in 25 games in the club's expansion season and tallying four more assists in 2019 before he was selected by Inter Miami in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft. He played just five games and 92 minutes for Miami before rejoining the Revs to close the season, scoring one goal and one assist in 722 minutes.
Ho Chi Minh City FC plays in Vietnam's first division V.League 1 and is looking to improve on a 2020 season that saw them finish at 8W-8L-4D, good for fifth on the league table.