Sep 24, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT
What a season of ups and downs this has been for Lee Nguyen, whose 2012 campaign ended abrubtly with the surprising Monday announcement of shoulder surgery.
The New England Revolution’s creative force in midfield is expected to be out for about four months.
That’s a timetable that gives Nguyen ample time to get healthy and fully fit in time for 2012 preseason – so it seems prudent to get this done. The Revs are out of the playoff race. And the club deciders already know what they have; Nguyen took the role of chief creator and top Revolution midfield influencer from Benny Feilhaber early in the summer.
In fact, Nguyen’s rise and Juan Toja’s late-summer acquisition has apparently relegated Feilhaber to surplus status; we still don’t know the full story, but the talented, former U.S. international has clearly fallen from grace around Gillette Stadium.
What Nguyen accomplished in moving up Jay Heaps’ depth chart is really impressive considering New England added the tricky lefty more or less off the scrap heap following his surprising release just before the season from Vancouver.
(That wasn’t Nguyen’s only low; he also waded into a Twitter kerfuffle with some thoughtless comments last spring.)
As for Nguyen, this shoulder surgery clearly has not sliced away the man’s sense of humor. From his Twitter feed:
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- Anyone else think Bayern Munich is playing dirty? 5
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- A stadium for New York City FC – tougher than you think 9
- It’s official: Manchester City and the Yankees will own and operate Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. (35)
- Why MLS was so focused on New York as the 20th market (18)
- Notes from today’s big announcement on MLS, NYCFC the Yankees and the rest (14)
- Gareth Bale set to re-sign with Tottenham – But is it a good deal for the Welshman? (9)
- Possible temporary homes for New York City FC (9)
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