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American-Vietnamese star Lee Nguyen has already had a big impact in Vietnam after scoring a hat-trick in his first official match for Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL).

The new striker, who has played for the US national team and is the highest paid player in the nation, scored a hat-trick in his debut for the club in the cup win over Saigon United.

Speaking to Vietnamese daily,Thanh Nien, HAGL Technical Director Nguyen Van Vinh said, “It’s still too soon to conclude Nguyen will have a big influence like the Thai striker Kiatisuk at the club a few years ago.

"However, the Vietnamese American midfielder promises to bring an interesting wind of change to the V-League this year with superb performances in his two matches, including a practice match.”

Saigon United coach  Van Sy Hung also paid tribute, saying, “Nguyen was the most important player in HAGL’s win over our team.”