Forward Mike Magee retires from professional soccer

LA Galaxy forward Mike Magee announced his retirement from professional soccer today. Magee, 32, ends his 14-year career in Major League Soccer as one of the most accomplished players in league history, earning 316 appearances, 70 goals, 38 assists, two MLS Cups (2011, 2012), two MLS Supporters’ Shield trophies (2010, 2011), MLS MVP (2013) and MLS Best XI (2013) honors while representing the New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire and LA Galaxy.

“I have been fortunate to enjoy an incredible 14-year career in Major League Soccer,” said Magee. “It has been an honor to represent the New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire and the LA Galaxy and to be a part of a league that continues to grow so rapidly in this country. I am extremely thankful to everyone that has supported, inspired and guided me on and off the field throughout my time as a professional. I look forward to the next step in this journey as a spend time with my family and friends.”

Magee joined the Galaxy last offseason as a free agent prior to representing LA from 2009-2013, where he scored 27 goals across the regular season and playoffs while helping LA win the 2011 and 2012 MLS Cup trophies. This season with the Galaxy, he scored six goals and added four assists in 30 appearances for the club.

 

Thank you. Thank you to AYSO soccer and Team Elmhurst. Thank you Fox Valley Strikers. Thank you Chicago Sockers. I owe everything I am as a soccer player to David Richardson and Bret Hall. Those were the best days of my life. Thank you to U.S. Soccer and John Ellinger for taking me from my family at 15-years-old and making me a man. Thank you to the New York Metrostars/Red Bulls and Bob Bradley for believing in me. Thank you to all the fans in NY/NJ too. I sometimes regret celebrating my first goal back in New York, but I needed to let some people know they didn't get the best of me and I promise it wasn't directed at supporters. Thank you to the LA Galaxy. You have my heart, love and support forever. I'll spare you guys some time by leaving it at - I'll see you guys soon and often and hope you knew when it mattered the most you could count on me. Thank you to Frank Klopas and the Chicago Fire. Despite the fact you changed my position after my MVP season , I still love you Fire family. Thank you to Nike for being the best sponsor in the world. I am lucky to have been part of the Nike family for the past 14 years. I promised Gray Griffin the day he died I'd smile, laugh and love life enough for the both of us and I know he's enjoyed the ride as much as I have. I miss you brother. Thank you to my family for allowing me to chase my dreams. You've dedicated your lives to making mine better and I'm going to spend the rest of mine trying to return the favor. Thank you to every player I've ever played against for the battles. I'll miss all of you guys asking me if I ever shut up. Thank you to every player I've ever played with. I'll miss you guys and the banter more than anything. Instead of saying goodbye to soccer I want to say thank you. Thank you for the people I've met and the places I've been. You and I got through some tough times together and I’ll always be thankful for this game, the lessons it taught me and the love that it brought me. Thanks again. See you around. Mike

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“Mike has been an incredible member and representative of the LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer as a whole,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “As a teammate and friend, I thank Mike for everything he has done for the city of Los Angeles and the sport of soccer in this country throughout his career. He will be greatly missed on the field and we wish him the best in the next stage of his career. He will always be a member of this club.”

The 2013 MLS MVP originally joined Major League Soccer when he was drafted by the New York MetroStars, now New York Red Bulls, with the fourth overall pick in the 2003 SuperDraft by former head coach Bob Bradley. He made his professional debut vs. Columbus in the season opener and became the youngest player in New York history at the time to make an appearance. Later that year, Magee became the youngest player to score a goal in New York history when he tallied against Columbus in April. During his six-year career in New York (2003-2008), Magee scored 23 goals and added 13 assists in MLS competition. 

The Chicago product was a key part of the Galaxy’s two MLS Cups during his first stint in LA, scoring 19 goals and adding 11 assists overall for the Galaxy. Additionally, he scored eight goals in just 17 appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs while helping lead LA the MLS Cup titles in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Magee scored the game-winning goals in the MLS Conference Semifinals against New York and the Western Conference Championship against Real Salt Lake, propelling the club to the 2011 MLS Cup, in which he played all 90 minutes. That season, the Galaxy were 8-0-1 in all competitions when Magee scored a goal.

Magee’s first stint in LA ended when he was traded to his hometown Chicago Fire in exchange for Robbie Rogers on May 25, 2013. In 2013, he enjoyed the most successful year of his career, scoring 21 goals and adding seven assists during the regular season while being named the 2013 Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player, becoming the first-ever Chicago Fire player to ever win the award.

Internationally, Magee has featured for youth national teams for the U.S., including appearances in the FIFA World Cup for the U-17’s and U-20’s. In 2004, he earned his first call up into senior National Team camp.