Okay, so that's not the trophy you get for winning player of the month (pretty sure that's the Midnight Riders supporters "Man of the Year" award), but Lee Nguyen is going to have to find some room on that crowded 2014 trophy shelf for more awards.
As if Nguyen needed anything else on his 2014 MLS MVP candidate resume, he can now add October 2014 Player of the Month honor to an already staggering list of accomplishments this season.
Nguyen led the New England Revolution to a 3-0-1 record, scoring a league high five goals in October, including two game winners and a game tying goal as well. Nguyen claimed just over 47% of the fan vote, narrowly beating out Seattle Sounders strike Obafemi Martins who finished second with 44.6%.
Nguyen is also the first Revs players to claim an MLS Player of the Month Award since 2005, when Clint Dempsey won the award for the month of April and Taylor Twellman for the month of September. Nguyen was also nominated for the September award last month.
With 18 total goals and five assists, Lee has emerged as a legitimate league MVP candidate in 2014. The second-seeded Eastern Conference Revs went 14-1-2 when Nguyen scored a goal or added an assist this season, and during the last 14 games of the campaign - when the Revs rose from seventh to second in the Eastern Conference standings - Nguyen scored 12 goals and added four assists. Lee's 18 goals are the most ever by a pure midfielder in MLS history and was fourth best in the league overall in 2014.
The Revolution begin their quest for the 2014 MLS Cup this Saturday with the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Columbus Crew at 4PM EST.