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Ex-PSV midfielder Nguyen impressing in New England's revolution

Lee Nguyen has been one of the star men in New England Revolution's recent run of good form.

The 27-year old American midfielder, of Vietnamese descent, is pulling the strings in central midfield for Jay Heaps' Revs side which has won three of its past four MLS fixtures to move to third on the Eastern Conference table.

Nguyen's recent displays have been highly praised by his Revs colleagues with his willingness to help in defence just as important as his creativity further up the field.

But the former PSV Eindhoven and Randers man, who has played three times for the USA, has played down his role by stating that he is simply following the orders of the coach.

"It's part of the philosophy Jay's instilled in all of us," Nguyen said in regards to his defensive work.

"You work as a unit defensively and it's going to turn over to offensive chances. That's been the mindset.

"If we put in the effort defensively, it's going to create goals and chances for us going forward."

Nguyen scored the winner from the penalty spot as the Revs beat Toronto FC 2-1 on the weekend but he preferred to turn the spotlight on his teammates rather than take the recognition himself.

"It goes a lot to the team. We're playing great soccer right now," he said.

"Every week is going to be another player that's going to step up huge. (Patrick) Mullins did great for us this week to have that [equalizer] to basically keep us in the game.

"Our team's doing great right now."

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