By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2014) US Soccer Players – Lee Nguyen’s path to MLS stardom ranged far, had more than its share of bumps, and rarely looked certain to deliver him to where he is now. Where Lee Nguyen is now is playing provider, creator, and inspiration for the New England Revolution as part of a multi-headed attack that is atop the MLS Eastern Conference table after a pair of dominate 5-goal performances. Eleven games into 2014, Nguyen is making a case that he’s the league’s Most Valuable Player.
The Revolution might consider themselves lucky to have Nguyen’s services. After the Texas-born midfielder decided to trade superstardom in his parents’ native Vietnam for Major League Soccer in 2012, it was the Vancouver Whitecaps who secured his rights via the allocation order process. When the Whitecaps decided they didn’t have room for Nguyen and waived him, New England scooped him up.
Nguyen started his career at PSV in the Netherlands, joining the club from the University of Indiana after his superb freshman season. From there it was on to Denmark before heading to Vietnam. Playing in the V.League limited his profile in the United States.
Nguyen’s path gives the impression he’s a late bloomer, having only come into his abilities in his mi