New England Revolution Announce Captain Lee Nguyen Status As Day-To-Day
Nguyen per the teams report was not at the teams practice on Tuesday, but New England coach Jay Heaps said that Nguyen’s status has improved in the last several days and his availability for Saturdays home opener against the Orlando City SC will be reevaluated later this week.
“It was painful for him in the match, but (it’s been) a good couple days of rehab,” Heaps said. “We’ll see. Right now it’s day-to-day, but we’ll see as the week goes on.”
In the season opening loss against the Rapids they Rev’s sent in Daigo Kobayashi to replace Nguyen to play the final 30 minutes or so of the match. In addition Heaps had to shuffle players around against Colorado in addition to inserting Kobayashi as he is a midfielder and the team needed a player to shift into the attack role that Nguyen fills.
Heaps felt his team has the ability to make these types of changes on the fly to still be able to compete against one of MLS’s top teams despite being down their veteran captain.
“I think it’s important that we’re versatile enough,” Heaps said. “When Lee went out it was a very easy transition to put Juan a little higher and also bring in Daigo, and have Kelyn and Daigo kind of co-lead the attacking midfield position.
“But what’s important is that we – no matter what the situation – have that front five continue to move. Even when it’s tight and the space isn’t there, we have to find moments in the game to create space and create movement.”
It is worth noting that despite the Rev’s losing their season opener they should be commended for their efforts by only losing 1-0 against the Rapids who were undefeated at home at Dicks Sporting Goods Field last season.
If for some reason Nguyen is unable to go against Orlando the Rev’s are expected to to use Diego Fagundez in more of an attacking role.