Nyguen: Currently the highest paid player in Vietnam
No sooner did TSG get a write-in vote for former Indiana Hoosier Lee Nguyen and comment on it last week than word comes that the USMNT fringe player is unpacked in London to train with Arsenal’s reserve squad for three weeks.
Wow, nice move from Nyugen, who arose out of the Dallas Texan youth program. Clint Dempsey is the other notable alum.
Good luck to Nyguen at Emirates; get after it.
Read blurbs here (scroll to the bottom) and here.
We can’t call him Arseguyen yet, can we? (That was terrible.)
We’re rolling up our two polls today at the close of the halfway mark of round four of World Cup qualifying. The poll questions seem apropos.
Nguyen in action
What better intro than Lee Nguyen. Tucked into the “other” category for our first poll, “What absent USMNT player are you most interested in seeing on the pitch?” was a single write-in vote for Lee Nguyen–I think that’s the first time I heard his name since I saw him sub in for the US of A at Spartan Stadium in 2007.
Nguyen is a US U-23 rostered player who just missed the cut for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is currently playing in Vietnam after a cup of coffee at PSV Eindhoven (DaMarcus Beasley is an alum of the club). Nguyen is having a more than solid year with 12 and 16 through 24 games. More on Nguyen at Goal.com.
Nguyen plays like a mishmash of Shaun Wright Phillips, Jose Francisco Torres and Ji-Sung Park. Very staccato like moves, can keep attack in possession, and an indefatigable motor. Wow, I think someone just gave TSG our darkhorse Aaron Lennon-Jermaine Defoe-Theo Walcott X factor…though not in time for 2010. We’ll follow-up more on Nguyen at another point.