Two New England Revolution attackers are heading to San Antonio, TX as Lee Nguyen and Juan Agudelo have been called up by the US Men’s National Team ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Mexico.
Nguyen last played for the national team on Feb. 8, 2015 when he entered in the 79th minute in a 2-0 win over Panama. Meanwhile, Agudelo last represented the Stars and Stripes on Mar. 5, 2014 when he replaced Jozy Altidore in the 85th minute.
Both players have recently scored in league play as Agudelo put a deft chip past Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin last weekend. Later in the same game, Nguyen scored a penalty, giving his team a two-goal lead. Agudelo has appeared in all six games this season, totaling 436 minutes. Similarly, Nguyen has amassed 431, though he missed the season opener.
More than numbers on a score sheet, Nguyen and Agudelo have put in solid performances, which has led to the call ups.
"(I) just focused on performing well and playing every weekend," Agudelo told media. "(I’m) starting and getting a lot of touches in games, trying to do everything I can to help out the team. (I’m) happy to be rewarded for the effort."
Although this week’s camp will be abbreviated with only a couple of practices ahead of the match, both players know how important it is to make a good impression. While the next World Cup is years away, the national team will soon take part in key tournaments, including this summer’s Gold Cup and next summer’s Copa America Centenario
"Big opportunity," Agudelo explained. "I’m going to try to do everything that I can to show what I got and to show that I should stay in the pool. It’s a short little call up because we return on Thursday, but I’m going to try to make the most out of it."
With the game not taking place on a FIFA international date, the roster is composed largely of players from Major League Soccer. As a result, both players know that they will be representing the domestic league as they face one of the USMNT’s fiercest adversaries.
"It’s always great," Nguyen said of being called up. "It’s a great game against Mexico, one of the biggest rivalries. So, obviously looking forward to that."
Wednesday's game can be seen on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network with kickoff scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET. Nguyen and Agudelo are expected to return to New England on Thursday.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Julian Green (Hamburg), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)