Charlie Davies and Lee Nguyen have been named assistant coaches for the Boston College men's soccer team, announced Monday. Via bceagles.com:
Former Boston College soccer standout Charlie Davies and Lee Nguyen have been named assistant coaches for the men's soccer team, announced by head coach Ed Kelly.
Davies and Nguyen currently play for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. Davies starred for the Eagles from 2004-06 while Nguyen played one year at Indiana before turning professional.
Davies played three seasons for the Eagles and earned numerous accolades. As a junior, he was an NSCAA first team All-American and the ACC Offensive Player of the Year. He was also one of three finalists for the Hermann Trophy, given to the nation's top collegiate soccer player. As a freshman, Davies was the Big East Rookie of the Year. The Manchester, N.H., product played with Hammarby (Sweden), Sochaux (France), D.C. United and Randers FC (Denmark) before joining the Revs. Davies has played in nine games this season and has two goals and two assists.
Nguyen played one year for the Hoosiers and was named the National Freshman of the Year by Soccer America. He was also a first team freshman All-American, a third team All-America selection and the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Nguyen started his professional career with PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) and also played for Randers FC, Hoang Anh Gia (Vietnam) and Becamex Binh Duong FC (Vietnam) before coming to New England. Nguyen leads the Revs with 10 goals which ranks ninth in MLS. He has also recorded three assists.
Interesting move by Kelly which gives the program a bit of star power on the bench. Since both Davies and Nguyen currently play for the Revs, they'll attend practice 2-3 times per week and games when they are available. The MLS regular season ends on October 25 for New England, but the Revs are currently in a three-way tie for third in the MLS' Eastern Conference and in line for an MLS Cup playoff berth. With BC's regular season ending on October 31, it's unclear just how many games Davies and Nguyen will be able to attend.
Both plan on pursuing their United States Soccer Federation National B licenses in December after the season is over.
Earlier this year, Kelly added John Murphy to the staff as an associate head coach. Davies and Nguyen fill the slots left by last year's assistant coaches, Sergio Saccoccio and Bobby Thompson.
Welcome (back) to the Heights, Charlie and Lee!