LAFC Acquire Midfielder Lee Nguyen and Forward Adama Diomande

Lee Nguyen with New England Revolution. Photo by Andrew Katsampes/ISI/REX/Shutterstock

LAFC have been quite busy in past couple of days. The team first traded for New England Revolution attacking midfielder Lee Nguyen and then signed former Hull City forward Adama Diomande on the same day.

In order to get Lee Nguyen, who requested to be traded earlier this year, LAFC gave up $700,000 in allocation money with further $250,000 and 2019 or 2020 first-round draft pick going to Revolution as well if certain conditions are met. According to ESPN, Revolution had better offers from some of the Eastern Conference teams for Nguyen but was reluctant to trade the player within the conference.

Lee Nguyen joined New England Revolution in 2012 and established himself as one of the team’s most valuable players. During the six seasons he spent with the team, the 31-year-old scored 54 goals and had 56 assists in 211 league and cup appearances. He was also the finalist for the 2014 Major League Soccer MVP Award. Nguyen also had nine appearances for the USMNT.

Adama Diomande joins LAFC after being released by Hull City, where he played three years and scored six goals in 49 matches. He also made ten appearances for Norway’s national football team scoring one goal.

We are excited to add Adama to our Club,” – said LAFC general manager John Thorrington. “Adama is a dangerous striker who will add another element to our attack. He has top-level international and club experience, and, with his familiarity with Bob, we expect him to contribute immediately. In Adama, we are signing another very good player in the prime of his career.

In LAFC he will be reunited with coach Bob Bradley, after previously working under him at Norway’s Stabaek.

Adama is a quality goalscorer who brings the experience of playing at a high level in Europe,” – said Bradley. “We believe he will have a strong impact in MLS.