“He's the No. 10. He gets things ticking.”
Nguyen's unique adventure in the game has taken him literally around the world. He's risen from a childhood standout in Plano, Texas to college soccer stardom at Indiana University and on Europe's bright lights with Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven, followed by a life-changing stint in his ancestral homeland Vietnam.
There he became perhaps the most beloved athlete in a small but soccer-obsessed nation. But he craved a different sort of challenge, and so he returned to North America to make his way in MLS.
From a humbling start with the Vancouver Whitecaps to his current role as New England's pivotal playmaker, Nguyen keeps growing and learning. Learn more about his journey here.
You can watch Nguyen in action against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday (2:30 pm ET; ESPN in US | MLS LIVE in Canada).