BOSTON (CBS) – New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen came on with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich Thursday morning to talk about his team’s upcoming playoff game.
The fun starts this Saturday when the two-seeded Revs face off against the Columbus Crew in a two-game, aggregate goal series in the Eastern Conference semifinals. That game can be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub starting at 4pm, and seen on television on Comcast SportsNet.READ MORE: Dartmouth College Requires Remote Employees Be Vaccinated
The Revolution and Crew played three times this season, with Columbus winning the season series 2-1-0. Columbus earned a 2-1 win at Gillette Stadium on July 26 and a 1-0 win at Crew Stadium on September 20. New England won the third and final meeting, a 2-1 win in Gillette Stadium on October 4.
This will be the third time these two teams will meet in the MLS Cup Playoffs, both in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The teams played a three-game, first-to-five-points series in 2002 with the Revolution going 1-0-2 in the three matches to advance. In 2004, the Revolution won a two-game, aggregate-goal series 1-0-1 to advance to the Eastern Conference Championship.
The first leg will take place on the road, and the series returns to Gillette for the second leg on Sunday November 9th.
Nguyen is fourth in MLS in goals scored with 18, but is far-and-away the leader in game winners. The 28-year-old has nine game-winning goals this season, and has made a strong case to be the league’s MVP — or #MVLee as the campaign is being called on Twitter.
Nguyen credits his teammates, as well as the addition of Jermaine Jones as a reason for his high goal total. Before this year, Nguyen has never netted more than five goals in MLS action.READ MORE: Veteran Sportscaster Bob Neumeier Dies
“A big part of it was the signing of Jermaine Jones. He helped take off some of the pressure. It’s always easier when you have more players around you to take the pressure off,” Nguyen said of his teammate.
Since the Jones acquisition, the Revs sport a 8-1-1- record. But the World Cup star is not the only reason for the Revs success.
“He was a big addition, and at the same time I’ve had guys around me that I’ve been with for three seasons now. I think you’re starting to see that chemistry build together. We’re making blind passes. We know where each other are on the pitch. We can just play them and trust that he’s gonna be there. Guys have been putting me in good spots all on the field and it’s been my job to reward them.”
Nguyen also spoke about his time playing overseas and how he’s a celebrity in Vietnam.
Listen below to the full interview!
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