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Lee Nguyen

Posted on 03 December 2009 by ASN Staff

Nguyen with his most recent club in Vietnam

Richardson, Texas, native Lee Nguyen is just 23 years old but his professional soccer career has already spanned three teams on two continents. The midfielder, who in 2007 was called “the best-kept secret” in U.S. soccer, was signed by Guus Hiddink at PSV Eindhoven in 2006. He left the Dutch juggernaut for Danish Superliga club Randers FC two years later, before joining Vietnamese V-League club Hoàng Anh Gia Lai in January. He also had a training stint at Arsenal earlier this fall. Nguyen may now be close to adding a fourth country (that of his birth) and third continent (North America) to his resume. ASN traded a few emails with Nguyen recently to grill him on these and other topics.

ASN: So what are the chances of you joining Major League Soccer next year?

Nguyen: Things are being discussed at this point. Right now MLS is in the picture.

ASN: What are your other options?

Nguyen: Well, we’re looking at Europe as the other one.

ASN: I don’t suppose you’re willing to talk about what clubs in Europe?

Nguyen: Haha, no not at the moment.

ASN: What can you tell U.S. soccer fans who might not have seen you play much (or at all) about your game in terms of strengths, weaknesses?

Nguyen: Well I’m a very technical player with good feet in tight spaces and I’m good around the box. I have good vision and can not only score, but also set up teammates. I’m not a big player [5’8 according to his Wikipedia page] but I’m quick and smart on and off the ball.

ASN: What was it like training with Arsenal? What is Arsene Wenger like?

Nguyen: Training with Arsenal was unbelievable, the training was very technical with high intensity and such a high level. Arsene Wenger is such a smart manager and to be able to see the way he runs training and to get the most from his players was amazing. A lot of respect for the man.

ASN: Do you hope/expect to get called to the U.S. Men’s National Team for the World Cup? With Charlie Davies’ injury it seems there would be space for a player like you…

Nguyen: Yeah of course I hope to get called up. I believe I have a lot to offer the team and just need the chance to show my abilities.

ASN: Did you watch MLS Cup?

Nguyen: Yeah, I was home with my friends watching it. Loved the atmosphere and how much the league has grown. It was a great game.

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