Revolution: Lee Nguyen ties MLS all-time, single-game assist record

FOXBORO, MA - MARCH 12: Marcelo Sarvas
FOXBORO, MA - MARCH 12: Marcelo Sarvas /

The MLS veteran added another standout performance to his cache, as he assisted on all four of New England’s goals against Orlando City.

The New England Revolution have had an up and down season in 2017. On Saturday it was nothing but up, especially for attacking midfielder Lee Nguyen. Nguyen had a field day against the struggling Orlando City, registering four assists against the Lions. That stat ties the Major League Soccer all-time single-game assist record. Landon Donovan, Carlos Valderrama, Dwayne De Rosario, and Chris Henderson are the only other players who have achieved that feat.

The count also puts Nguyen tied for first as the 2017 season league assist leader. Forward Kei Kamara was on the receiving end of three assists, registering his first-ever hat trick. More importantly, it earned the Revolution a much needed three points in a tight playoff race. The Revs are currently in 8th place in the Eastern Conference with 32 points, behind both the Montreal Impact and Atlanta United, who each have 36.

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Nguyen has had an impressive career in MLS, playing in the league since 2012 following several seasons overseas, and even having a brief stint with the US Men’s National Team. The smooth midfielder has regularly been involved in transfer rumors during his time with New England, including this summer when the Revs supposedly turned down a $1-million offer from the Israeli side, Maccabi Haifa. New England’s post season chances will heavily depend on Nguyen and his playmaking ability with the Revolution’s attack. The Revs have a chance to help close the gap below the red line next weekend when they host the Montreal Impact on Saturday before heading to Atlanta to take on the MLS newcomers Atlanta United.