It was only 10 weeks ago Lee Nguyen was waived by the Vancouver Whitecaps. On Saturday, he made them regret that decision with two goals and an assist in leading the New England Revolution to a 4-1 victory. The performance earned recognition from the NASR as MLS Player of the Week.
The Texas native came to Major League Soccer during the offseason after multiple seasons abroad in Europe and the Vietnamese first division, where he found success that continued to spur his inclusion with the US national team youth and senior programs in 2007. He left Indiana University after just one season, pursuing a professional career in 2006. He was picked up in the Waiver Draft by the Revolution after he was cut by the Whitecaps March 1.
The visitors took the initial advantage after five minutes courtesy of Eric Hassli, but Nguyen wasted no time, firing right back a minute later when he curled a deflected ball that fell right to him into the back of the net.
Saer Sene, whom Nguyen set up nicely, and Shalrie Joseph put the match in New England’s firm control before Nguyen capped the contest with a stunning shot that could be a candidate for MLS Goal of the Year in the 72nd minute. Nguyen brought down a Chris Tierney throw-in 25 yards from goal with one touch and then launched a cracker off the bounce that seared over Joe Cannon and into the far upper corner.
The result gave New England its fourth win of the year, keeping the Revolution in the middle of the Eastern Conference at 4-6-0. The Revolution’s best offensive output of the year was, on the other side of the ledger, the worst margin of loss and most goals conceded thus far for the Whitecaps.
The honor ends New England’s drought as the club was the only team not to feature a Player of the Week in 2011 and last saw Kenny Mansally earn the award in Week 2 of 2010.
Nguyen received 10 of the 21 votes with New York’s Kenny Cooper, who tallied two game-winning goals for the Red Bulls getting five votes. Brad Davis received two First Choice votes for his winner at the BBVA Compass Stadium opening.
The Major League Soccer Player of the Week is selected each week of the MLS regular season by a panel of journalists from The North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More details and membership information can be found at www.soccerreporters.com.
How They Voted:
|Voter||First Choice||Second Choice|
|Brian Balboa||Brad Davis (HOU)||Tally Hall (HOU)|
|Adam Jardy||Brad Davis (HOU)||Lee Nguyen (NE)|
|Frank Giase||Kenny Cooper (NY)||Lee Nguyen (NE)|
|JP Dellacamera||Kenny Cooper (NY)||Lee Nguyen (NE)|
|Bobby McMahon||Kenny Cooper (NY)||Lee Nguyen (NE)|
|Marc Connolly||Kenny Cooper (NY)||Lee Nguyen (NE)|
|Kerith Gabriel||Kenny Cooper (NY)||Lee Nguyen (NE)|
|Jonah Freedman||Kyle Beckerman (RSL)||Ryan Meara (NY)|
|Steven Sandor||Lee Nguyen (NE)||Kenny Cooper (NY)|
|Orrin Schwartz||Lee Nguyen (NE)||Brad Davis (HOU)|
|Scott French||Lee Nguyen (NE)||Jamison Olave (RSL)|
|Lisa Eisenmenger||Lee Nguyen (NE)||Brad Davis (HOU)|
|Beau Dure||Lee Nguyen (NE)||Dax McCarty (NY)|
|Tom Timmermann||Lee Nguyen (NE)||Brad Davis (HOU)|
|Gerald Barnhart||Lee Nguyen (NE)||Kenny Cooper (NY)|
|Steve Clare||Lee Nguyen (NE)||Fabian Espindola (RSL)|
|Phil Schoen||Lee Nguyen (NE)||Kenny Cooper (NY)|
|Jose Romero||Lee Nguyen (NE)||Fredy Montero (SEA)|
|Don Ruiz||Lionard Pajoy (PHI)||Ryan Meara (NY)|
|Shaun Schafer||Nat Borchers (RSL)||Kenny Cooper (NY)|
|Michael Lewis||Ryan Meara (NY)||Lee Nguyen (NE)|
- 21 votes