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As a freshman at Indiana University, Lee Nguyen already had an outstanding resume. His freshman season (2005) brought him many honors such as: National Freshman of the Year, 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, only Big Ten freshman to be named to the All-Big Ten first team, unanimous selection to Big Ten All-Freshman Team, and numerous others among this caliber.

After his freshman year at Indiana, Nguyen went on to play for the Ajax Orlando Prospects and began his roller coaster of a career. The Prospects were an American soccer team that was a member of the US Leagues Premier Development League. When the team began to disintegrate, Nguyen started surveying his options overseas.

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This started his international career. He started in the Netherlands for PSV Eindhoven from 2007-2008. From there he traveled not too far to Denmark where he played with the Randers FC for a season in 2008. The next three seasons he played in Vietnem for Hoang Anh Gia Lai and then Becamex Binh Duong FC, where he was the highest paid athlete.

It wasn’t until 2011 that the MLS had been committed to Nguyen’s talent. In December he signed a multi-year deal with the MLS. A weighted lottery system placed in in Vancouver to play for the Whitecaps FC. He was later waived before the start of the season and picked-up by the New England Revolution, where he now plays with other former Hoosiers Alec Purdie and Kevin Alston (pictured below).

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Kevin Alston thrived as an Indiana Hoosier from 2006-2008. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection in 2007 and 2008, and a 2008 NSCAA All-Great Lakes region selection.

In the 2009 MLS SuperDraft (his junior year), Alston was drafted in the first round (10th overall) by the New England Revolution. The Hoosier excelled in his second season (2010) and was selected to his first Major League Soccer All-Star Game.

In the 2012 season with the Revolution he made 31 appearances and 31 starts, which were team highs. Alston recorded 2,623 minutes for the Revolution, another team high. His next team best was his 37-game consecutive appearances that began in the early 2011 season and ended due to hamstring problems.

Even more impressive than being drafted to the MLS, Alston was offered to train for the US National team. Unfortunately, he injured his hamstring in training and was therefore unable to compete. Not long after that, he was contacted again by the national team and again hurt his hamstring.

Hopefully in the near future Alston will be able to fully heal and represent the Hoosiers on the national stage!
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