Well isn't this a pleasant bombshell to drop on a Revs gameday.
During an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub, New England Revolution owner Jonathan Kraft revealed that midfielder Lee Nguyen has been called up the the United States international roster for upcoming friendlies vs. Colombia at Craven Cottage, England on November 14th and at Republic of Ireland on November 18th. Per Revs online host Jeff Lemieux on Twitter:
Jonathan Kraft reveals on @985TheSportsHub that @LeeNguyen24 has been called into #USMNT camp for next week's friendlies. #NERevs— Jeff Lemieux (@jeff_lemieux) November 9, 2014
Now, while we're all incredibly happy for Lee and this call up has been long overdue, there's still the matter of the Revolution's playoff run. With their second leg matchup today and a possible Eastern Conference Final match up vs. the New York Red Bulls, Lee might have to wait until the January camp for a chance to impress Jurgen Klinsmann.
@JCatanese43 I'm assuming it's conditional if Revs are still in the playoffs. It's a good sign though. He'll be there in January.— Jeff Lemieux (@jeff_lemieux) November 9, 2014
We'll have more updates as they come out as well as a full link to the audio if and when it becomes available.
UPDATE (Nov. 10, 1:40PM) - After reaching out to 98.5 The Sports Hub yesterday, they have in fact published the Jonathan Kraft interview and a corresponding story on the local CBS Boston website. We've embedded the audio below:
It's a pretty solid interview, and the nugget about Lee's call up around the 2:00 mark doesn't get highlighted since the talk is mostly about Jermaine Jones, but there it is.
Lee Nguyen was officially added to the USMNT roster earlier today, and it's likely that he and Jermaine Jones will play against Colombia this Friday at Craven Cottage before flying back to New England to prepare for the Revs playoff series while the US team will play at the Republic of Ireland November 18. Jones stated yesterday after the Revs 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew that he will only be playing in the first game, and is listed as a defender on the USMNT roster.