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What Lee Nguyen's apparent USMNT call-up might mean for Sounders

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If the New England Revolution midfielder is going to Europe for friendlies, other active MLS players may be called in as well.

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There's an international break coming up next week. Major League Soccer, thankfully, has scheduled a break in the playoffs to accommodate this. But there was some additional hope that United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann would forego calling in MLS players still competing in the playoffs, being as there would only be four teams remaining and the games are in Europe (London and Dublin), anyway.

Well, maybe that assumption was wrong.

Lee Nguyen is almost definitely still going to be playing next week as the New England Revolution take a 4-2 lead into the home leg of their Eastern Conference semifinals. Assuming this report is accurate, that at least increases the chances that the likes of Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin may get called in as well.

It's also possible that Nguyen is a special circumstance, of course. Nguyen has been out of the national team picture since 2007 and Klinsmann may just see this as a chance to work him in sooner than later. Maybe more established MLS players like Dempsey and even Yedlin will be spared. Let's hope.