Despite reports that he will be called up by Jurgen Klinsmann for next week’s friendlies against Colombia and Ireland, Lee Nguyen remained coy when talking to the media after Sunday’s 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew. Without an official announcement about the roster, Nguyen preached patience about the potential call up.
"I guess we have to find out tomorrow," Nguyen said. "People told me I was on the preliminary roster but we still have to wait for tomorrow to find out."
Nguyen has three caps with the senior US National Team, all coming in 2007 under former coach Bob Bradley. A return to the team would be well deserved since Nguyen is having a career year.
The midfielder ended the 2014 regular season with 18 goals, the most by any American midfielder in MLS. Nguyen’s stellar form has transcended into the postseason as he now has two goals and one assist in two games.
While Nguyen remained reserved on the topic of a National Team call up, Jermaine Jones, who is also expected to represent his country next week, expressed joy about the prospect.
"[Nguyen] works hard and scores a lot of goals in the league and gets called into the National Team," Jones commented. "I’m happy for him. Maybe he’s on the field against Colombia."
The USMNT will play Colombia in England on November 14 and the Republic of Ireland in Ireland on November 18.
The MLS playoffs will be on hiatus next week in respect to all international friendlies. The New England Revolution will resume play on November 23 when they travel to Red Bull Arena for the first leg of the Eastern Conference Finals.
If Nguyen does travel to Europe with the National Team, there is a possibility that he only stays for the first game. Jones stated that he’s currently slated to play against Colombia before returning home to his club team.