JOHN KRETLOW - Sunday, January 17, 2010
American Lee Nguyen is confirming the recent speculation regarding a possible move from his current Vietnamese team Hoàng Anh Gia Lai to MLS.
Nguyen signed his first professional contract with PSV Eindhoven after impressing Dutch coach Guus Hiddink at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. This began the midfielder's globetrotting life, as Nguyen eventually landed in Randers FC in Denmark, and then surprised many by signing for Hoàng Anh Gia Lai of Vietnam.
One possible destination could be MLS, a league that Nguyen has never played for in his young yet well-travelled career.
"My agent and I have been in touch with some MLS teams who have shown interest," Nguyen recently told Yanks-Abroad.
A deal has not been struck though, even after the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, which produces much player movement within the league. Currently, the New York Red Bulls have the first shot at signing Nguyen because of the MLS Allocation Order set up. Other teams could grab New York's spot via trade.
It appears though that there is still more negotiating left to be done if the 23-year-old will end up stateside.
"We did have some areas that we were unable to reach an agreement with the league," noted Nguyen.
The Dallas native spent last season in the V-League playing for Hoàng Anh Gia Lai. In his first season he scored an impressive nine league goals along with 16 assists in 24 appearances.
Because of his success in the V-League, the midfielder explained that he is not ruling out staying with Hoàng Anh Gia Lai.
"My team HAGL has been able to accommodate plans that I will be very happy with if the MLS is not willing to meet halfway," he added. "I like to leave my options open at the same time my family's well being is of great importance."
As MLS teams intend to finalize their rosters for the coming season, Nguyen's next destination should be known soon.