21 February 2010
Lee Nguyen's contract 'officially' terminated
According to Thanh Nien Online, one of most famous players in V-League was released.
Right before the National Cup game between Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) and GDT Long An, HAGL board has come to a decision to terminate the contract of American-Vietnamese star Lee Nguyen. The reason is believed to be the contradiction between Lee Nguyen and HAGL's new head coach Kiatisuk Senamuang.
HAGL's representative stated that Lee Nguyen's attitude in training and HAGL's recent games had been unacceptable. In the last match versus Hoa Phat Ha Noi, Lee Nguyen was excluded from the starting eleven and later he refused to come in as substitute. Bad relationship between Lee and Kiatisuk added more problems to struggling HAGL that currently stays at the bottom of V-league 2010 standings. As a result, HAGL leaders have decided to end Lee's contract to retain discipline.
Lee Nguyen's father said his son would come back to the US and stay there for a while before looking for a new club. He did not leave out the chance Lee Nguyen would join another Vietnamese club in future.
Lee Nguyen's milestones with HAGL:
2009 Jan 17: Lee Nguyen signed a 3-year contract with HAGL, earning an annual salary of US$ 120,000.
2009 Mar 8: Lee scored the first league goal for HAGL. However, he was sent off later.
2009 May: Lee achieved the award Player of Month as he helped HAGL win 4 consecutive games.
2010 Feb: Lee's contract was terminated. In total, he has contributed 12 goals for HAGL. The game between HAGL and Khanh Hoa was the only V-league 2010 match he played for leaving.