Nguyen has yet to be named to the match 18 for a game this year, let alone take the field.
Last fall, Nguyen, 31, requested to be traded. But New England head coach Brad Friedel and the club’s front office denied the transfer request, citing Nguyen’s contract when the player didn’t report to preseason training.
Nguyen, who served as Revolution captain last season, has since resumed practicing with the team but hasn’t been visible in the locker room during media availability to discuss his status with the club. He went on record just once about his contract dispute, telling ESPN in January that he sought a professional change despite being grateful for the experiences he’s had in New England.
Friedel has insisted that Nguyen is not a cast away and that he can play upon returning to full fitness and earning his place in the squad.
Revolution fans have been divided on whether the club should move on from Nguyen. Complicating matters is the fact that Nguyen has sought better contracts in the past, getting re-upped to a $500,000 yearly salary, per the MLS Players Union, in 2016.