The New England Revolution have played all of one game on national television this year: a 1-1 draw against Chicago back in April. Compare that to say, the Red Bulls, who are currently in the midst of seven straight games being played on either ESPN or NBCSN. There are a couple reasons for this, but the end result is that the average fan isn’t very familiar with the team that currently sits third in the east. The recent signing of Jermaine Jones is by far the most recognizable name on the Revs, but there’s a lot of talent in Foxboro.
Perhaps the most important player for New England is Lee Nguyen. Born in Texas, Nguyen went to Indiana University for a season (like San Jose youngster Tommy Thompson), but began his professional career in the Netherlands. Unable to get much playing time for PSV, he moved to Denmark and then Vietnam before popping up in MLS with the Revolution in 2012. After a pair of solid seasons, Nguyen has emerged as a scoring threat this year with 12 goals, the most of any midfielder in the league. It’s time for us—and maybe Jurgen Klinsmann—to take a look at Foxboro and Lee Nguyen.