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Nguyen should be All-Star, say teammates

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Revolution may not be sending a representative to Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game at Providence Park, but if Teal Bunbury had any say, he’d send at least one of his teammates to the league’s midsummer showcase.

“I feel Lee Nguyen should have been there,” Bunbury said. “He’s had a great season so far, and even a few other guys. But definitely, I feel like Lee Nguyen should’ve been there.”

The case for the club’s leading scorer is certainly a strong one. Through 20 games, he’s scored eight goals -- including three game-winners -- and added two assists. And he’s done it while being specifically targeted for punishment by the opposition, who’ve fouled Nguyen a team-high 46 times this year.

Bunbury isn’t the only teammate who believes Nguyen may have been overlooked by Portland coach Caleb Porter, who put the final touches on the star-studded squad that will face Bayern Munich this week.

“I think Lee’s been our MVP,” said midfielder Kelyn Rowe. “I think he’s done really well to show himself (well) over the last two years as well, and nothing’s come of it.”

Davies back to his old self? When Charlie Davies scored in the 20th minute of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Red Bulls, it marked the first time in nearly three years that the Manchester, N.H., native had scored in league play.

Davies’ last strike came in a Sept. 10, 2011 game against Chivas USA -- a game in which he recorded a hat trick for his former club, D.C. United.

Since then, he’s battled various injuries over the course of the last three years. But now that he’s overcome those ailments, Davies believes he’s ready to finally showcase the form that saw him score 11 goals in 26 games for D.C. in 2011.

“I’ve finally been able to stay healthy, stay fit and work hard,” Davies said. “I’ve been training well, and it’s kind of translated into my games.”

And it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Revolution. With the club unlikely to make a move before the close of Wednesday’s transfer window, the team is going to need all they can get from Davies, who recently collected his first assist as well, in a 3-0 win over the Rapids on July 30.

“It’s been a long process,” Davies said. “It’s been so up-and-down having to deal with injuries for basically this whole season. It’s finally starting to come together for me.”

Transfer window closing on Revs. Last month, it appeared the Revolution were primed to make a move during the North American transfer window. But with the 28-day window -- which opened on July 8 -- about to come to a close on Wednesday, it’s looking less and less likely that the club will acquire a player via transfer prior to the deadline.

Currently, the club is carrying four open roster spots, and can use at least two for international signings. While coach Jay Heaps admitted on Wednesday that there’s room for improvement, he didn’t provide many details on potential targets before the close of the window -- or after it, in the event they elect to bring in a player on loan.

“It’s a lot of hard work,” Heaps said. “A lot of hard work goes into signing players, and we as a staff work tirelessly at that. I think we’re close and we’ve pushed a lot up to get us better. We’re always looking to get better, and we’ve had a lot of dialogue.”