Mike Magee

Mike Magee
Mike Magee
Chicago Fire
Real Name: Mike Magee
HT: 5' 10" WT: 160
Age: 31 (09/02/1984)
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Hometown: Chicago, IL

How Acquired: Traded to the Galaxy from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for a second round pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft on January 14, 2009.

A breakout star in 2011, Magee’s versatility allowed him to finish second on the club in goals, which included three in the postseason, while also becoming the club’s unquestioned starter on the left side of midfield. For all of his attacking contributions however, Magee may be best known for his emergency spell in goal last year in San Jose, keeping the Earthquakes off the scoreboard and helping earn his team a tie and himself a permanent place in the heart of Galaxy fans.

MLS Highlights

2011: Tallied his best season in a Galaxy uniform, scoring 10 goals in all competitions and winning MLS Cup for the first time in his career. The only player on the club to score in the regular season, the postseason, the U.S. Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League, Magee finished third on the team with five regular season goals before adding three more in the postseason to finish as the joint top scorer in the MLS Cup Playoffs. He also added goals in the Open Cup and Champions League to join Adam Cristman and Omar Gonzalez as the only three players on the team to score in each of those competitions as well as the regular season. He scored twice in the 3-0 win vs. Vancouver on 9/17 for his first multi-goal game in exactly six years. He also added regular season goals at D.C. United on 4/9, and at home against FC Dallas on 8/6 and San Jose on 8/20 in addition to his goals at home against the L.A. Blues (6/28) and at home against Morelia in the Champions League on 9/28. His goal at home against FC Dallas was his first-ever goal for the club at home. The Galaxy were 8-0-1 when he scored a goal, including 3-0-0 in the playoffs when he scored in both legs of the Conference Semifinal Series against New York and then again in the Western Conference Championship win over Real Salt Lake. Two of those games were game-winning goals while his goal vs. New York in the second leg of the Conference Semifinal Series was the Series clinching goal. In addition to his offensive exploits, Magee also had a memorable turn in goal on 6/25 at San Jose. He replaced Josh Saunders after he was shown a red card late in the first half and proceeded to make three saves in 48 minutes of action. He earned the MLS Save of the Week award and was voted the MLS Player of the Week. 2010: Limited to just 16 games because of injury, Magee finished the season with a goal and an assist in his second year with the Galaxy. He assisted on Edson Buddle’s second half goal in the first leg of the Honda SuperClasico against Chivas USA on 4/1. He then scored his first goal of the year, finishing off a pass from Tristan Bowen to give LA a 1-0 win at FC Dallas on 5/20. However, he was forced to miss two and a half months of actual time while recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia, missing eight games from 6/5-8/1. He returned to the field on 8/4 at Puerto Rico in the CONCACAF Champions League and then returned to MLS action on 8/14 at New York. He only started three of the club’s 11 regular season games after being activated from the Disabled List on 8/13, but then started all three of the club’s postseason games. 2009: Acquired by the Galaxy prior to the start of the 2009 season, Magee set a career-high and tied a team-high with six assists, while adding two goals in 23 games. He made his Galaxy debut in the season opener vs. D.C. United on 3/22 and scored his first goal for the club late in second half stoppage time of the 2-2 draw at Real Salt Lake on 5/6. Magee tallied his first assist four days later in a 1-1 draw at Seattle and added assists on 5/23 at FC Dallas, 6/20 at San Jose, 6/28 vs. Houston and 7/11 at Chivas USA. On 8/19, in his first game back in his native Chicago as a member of the Galaxy, Magee scored the game-winning goal and then assisted on Landon Donovan’s second half tally. That was his first game with both a goal and an assist in nearly a year, dating back to 8/24/08 when he was a member of the Red Bulls. In the postseason, Magee started all four of the Galaxy’s games and finished as the club’s second leading scorer with two goals in 370 minutes of action. He scored LA’s first goal of the playoffs in the 14th minute of Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals Series at Chivas USA. He then scored the Galaxy’s only goal at MLS Cup 2009, beating Nick Rimando from close range late in the first half of that game. Magee, who became the 30th different player in MLS history to score a goal for his team in MLS Cup, also converted his penalty in the MLS Cup deciding shootout. 2008: Enjoyed his best season statistically since 2005, recording five goals and an assist. Converted a penalty kick in 2-0 win over San Jose on 4/27 for his first goal since 7/22/06. Magee scored in three-straight games during a three-game winning streak in August. The streak began with the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win vs. D.C. on 8/10. He added the game-winner in a 2-0 win over Toronto FC on 8/17 and then rounded out the scoring by tallying the Red Bulls’ third goal in a 3-0 home win over Houston on 8/24. Magee also had an assist in that game, setting up Juan Pablo Angel for the game-winning goal after just eight minutes. He scored his final goal of the year in the 5th minute of a 5-4 loss to the Rapids on 9/27. 2007: Was limited to just seven games on the season after recovering from offseason knee surgery. He came on as a substitute in seven straight matches between 8/12-9/15, before a right knee injury forced him to miss the rest of this season. 2006: Magee tallied three goals and one assist in 17 games. He was limited to just nine starts as a result of injury, but he did score the game-winning goal in the second half of a 1-0 win over Kansas City at home on 7/22 He made his season debut on 4/20 vs. D.C. United, tallying an assist in a 4-1 loss, which was the first loss for the club as the New York Red Bulls. 2005: Set a then-career-high with five assists to go along with five goals on the season. Magee tallied the first multi-goal game of his career on 9/17 vs. New England, tallying twice in a 5-4 win. The MetroStars were 4-1-4 when he tallied either a goal or an assist. 2004: Scored three goals and recorded four assists in 18 starts on the year. He scored the MetroStars’ first goal of the season in a 3-1 win at Columbus on 4/3. Added a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win vs. LA at Giants Stadium on 6/19, scoring the game-winner in the 90th minute and scored the game-tying goal in the 3-2 win vs. New England on 9/11. 2003: He made his professional debut and became the youngest player in New York history at the time at 18 years, 222 days on 4/12 vs. Columbus in the season opener. At 18 years, 236 days, Magee became the youngest player to score a goal in New York history on 4/26 at Columbus, tallying the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win. He led the MetroStars in games played that season and was second on the team with a career-best seven goals to go along with two assists. He had the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over the Galaxy on 6/21. Five of his seven goals were scored on the road, with the MetroStars going 4-1-2 in games that he scored in.

National Team

Magee began his National Team career in the Fall of 2000 during a two-year stay at the U.S. Under-17 residency camp in Bradenton, Fla. before being drafted by the MetroStars. He has also represented the U.S. U-18, U-20 and U-23 National Teams. He played for the U.S. at the 2001 Under-17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago, appearing in all three games for the Red, White and Blue and scoring a goal in a 5-3 loss to France. In 2003, he represented the U.S. at the Under-20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. He played in two games at the tournament, scoring the game-winning goal in the opening game of the tournament for the U.S., a 3-1 win over Paraguay. In late 2004 he was called into senior National Team camp for the first time. He has yet to earn his first cap.

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