Vancouver Whitecaps FC fans cheer after their win over the Philadelphia Union during their MLS game at Empire Field in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
The Vancouver Whitecaps have landed Lee Nguyen in a weighted lottery.
The Vancouver Whitecaps have won the lottery to acquire winger/forward Lee Nguyen, who most recently played professional football in Vietnam. Ngyuen won three caps with the United States men's national team in 2007, playing in one friendly and two Copa America matches while contracted to PSV Eindhoven. Nguyen then moved on to play for Randers FC in Denmark for one year before moving to Vietnam.
Nguyen scored almost once every other game while playing in the V-League, but the standard of play is not exceptionally high. The V-League does not meet the standards that a league needs to meet to have teams qualify for the AFC Champions League.
While Nguyen is generally regarded as a quick and technically skilled player, he's small even by the standards of modern football wingers and does not have extensive experience in professional leagues at or above the level of MLS. Sources tell SB Nation that Nguyen will be making less than $60k this season. Vancouver had a 47.6 percent chance of landing Nguyen in the lottery, the best odds of all of the teams who participated.
For more on Nguyen and the Whitecaps, visit Vancouver Whitecaps blog 86 Forever.