The Vancouver Whitecaps acquired attacking midfielder Lee Nguyen on Thursday through Major League Soccer’s weighted lottery.
The 25-year-old from McKinney, Tex., signed a multiyear contract with MLS on Dec. 6, making him eligible to be picked up by Vancouver.
“We’re very excited to add a talented player like Lee,” Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie said in a statement. “He’s a young player with a bright future. We look forward to seeing him in preseason.”
Nguyen was entered into the weighted lottery after he had turned down a MLS contract when he was drafted in college.
The forward played a season of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I soccer with Indiana University as a freshman before joining PSV Eindhoven in Holland for the 2005-06 season.
The Whitecaps were one of six MLS clubs to participate in the draw Thursday for Nguyen. The Whitecaps were selected ahead of FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo, the Los Angeles Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC.
Each team’s record dictates its probability of winning the draw. The worse the record, the greater the chance of winning the lottery. MLS teams are not required to participate in the selection process.
A team can only acquire one player a year through a weighted lottery.
“I’m really excited to be joining Whitecaps FC and to help this club push forward,” Nguyen said. “I can’t wait to get the season started.”
A dual citizen of the United States and Vietnam, Nguyen joins Vancouver after becoming the first American to play in the Vietnamese V-League.
Nguyen scored 14 goals in 29 V-League appearances from 2009 through 2011.
Nguyen made just two appearances with PSV before moving to Randers FC in January of 2008. He made 23 appearances in two seasons with the Danish club.
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