New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen, 25, is one of the four fan-voted finalists for the MLS 2012 Goal of the Year for his second goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 12, the team that waived him the week before the season started. Nguyen won MLS Player of the Week for that two goal, one assist performance.
Nguyen’s stunning long-range goal came late in the Revolution’s 4-1 win over the Whitecaps on May 12. Nguyen connected with Chris Tierney’s throw-in and volleyed his first touch from 28 yards out past goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
Big impact in first MLS season
Nguyen scored five goals and added two assists in 27 starts in 2012 and was the only Revolution player to appear in all 30 games before he was sidelined with injury in late September. The midfielder had surgery to correct chronic instability in his shoulder on Sept. 24 and missed the rest of the 2012 season, but is expected to return to training by the end of January.
The Revolution acquired Nguyen through the MLS Waiver Draft after he was waived by the Whitecaps, who won a weighted lottery for his rights after he signed a contract with MLS in December 2011. Before coming to MLS, Nguyen played in the Vietnamese V-League, the first American to ever play in the Vietnamese Super League. In 2009, he played for Hoang Anh Gia and in 2010-11, he played for Becamex Binh Duong FC, scoring 14 goals in 29 league appearances overall. In the off-season between 2009 and 2010, he trained with Arsenal of the English Premier League.
Nguyen is up for MLS Goal of the Year with three players from the Pacific Northwest: Seattle Sounders FC’s Patrick Ianni and Fredy Montero and the Portland Timbers’ Darlington Nagbe.
The player who wins the most fan online and text votes will win the 2012 AT&T Goal of the Year, which will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 29. The final round of fan voting to determine the winner begins today, Saturday, Nov. 24, and runs through Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 11:59 p.m. PT.