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New England Revs ace Nguyen intent on grasping USA opportunity

Lee Nguyen is planning to grasp his latest USA national team chance with both hands.

The 28-year old New England Revolution forward has been included in Juergen Klinsmann's roster for upcoming friendlies with Colombia and the Republic of Ireland due to his superb MLS form this season.

Nguyen, who has scored 20 goals for the Revs this season, played three times for the US back in 2007 but suggests he has matured as a player since and should be better value for his country this time around if he happens to get some game time in London and Dublin.

"When Jurgen called me, that's when it started coming to fruition that this is possible," said Nguyen.

"It was a great call, and we had a good conversation. This is hopefully just the first. I've still got to keep going and keep pushing, and that's the main thing."

Of his 2007 experience, Nguyen added: "I was just a little teenager.

"It was a great experience for me. I've grown so much as a player and a person.

"Obviously, I've got more years under my belt, too. It's definitely a dream to be able to come back in and represent your country. I can't wait."

Nguyen is fresh off scoring in each leg of New England's 7-3 aggregate Eastern Conference semi-final triumph over Columbus Crew after netting 18 times in the regular season as the Revs finished second in their region.

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