Mike Magee (soccer)
|Date of birth||September 2, 1984|
|Place of birth||Elmhurst, Illinois, United States|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Current club||Chicago Fire|
|2000–2001||IMG Soccer Academy|
|2003–2009||New York Red Bulls||130||(23)|
|2009–2013||Los Angeles Galaxy||105||(19)|
|2001||United States U17||3||(1)|
|2003||United States U20||2||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 28, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Magee's entry into professional soccer does not parallel many other players. As a teenager he received interest from Ajax, as well as Swedish side Café Opera, but was unable to sign with either team due to being a minor. Then after graduating from USSF's Bradenton Academy he entered the 2003 MLS SuperDraft, where the MetroStars traded the previous year's third overall selection, Brad Davis, to acquire Magee with the fourth overall pick.
With Metro coach Bob Bradley familiar with Magee from his youth soccer days, the youngster quickly stepped into the Metro lineup, and played every game of the 2003 season except the meaningless finale. He became the youngest player in team history to start a game and score a goal. He scored seven goals, nearing the rookie record, which included a couple of dramatic game-winning and game-tying efforts.
When the MetroStars signed a trio of foreign strikers before the 2004 season, Magee struggled for playing time early on. But he soon found a new niche as an attacking midfielder, as his skill on the ball, leadership, precise passing, and overall intelligence make him an important part of the Metro team. Magee ended up with three goals on the season, one of them in the 90th minute to give the Metros a 2-1 win over Los Angeles Galaxy. He scored five in 2005, adding five assists. Magee followed that with three goals in an injury-filled 2006. Magee's injury woes continued in 2007 as he was limited to 7 league matches. The 2008 season saw Magee receive significant playing time as an attacking midfielder, but it was apparent that he was not fully recovered from his injuries. He was then moved to his natural forward position and had a resurgence as he scored in 3 consecutive matches, helping the club to three straight wins. He ended the 2008 season scoring five key goals, helping the club reach the MLS Playoffs.
Magee was traded to Los Angeles Galaxy in January 2009 in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. In his first season with Los Angeles, Magee appeared in 23 league matches scoring 2 goals. During the 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs Magee started all 4 of the teams playoff matches scoring two goals in helping lead the club to the MLS Cup Final. At the MLS 2009 Cup Final Magee scored the Galaxy's only goal but the team ended up losing during an overtime penalty shoot out.
Magee made his first professional appearance as a goalkeeper on June 25, 2011, moving to the position in the 43rd minute of a match against San Jose Earthquakes, after starting goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was injured and reserve goalkeeper Josh Saunders received a red card for an elbow to the face of Steven Lenhart. Magee made 4 saves, including a late stop on a 1-v-1 against Lenhart, preserving a clean sheet for the Galaxy in a 0-0 draw. It was the first time Magee had played in goal at any level of soccer. Magee had his most productive season during the 2011 campaign scoring 10 goals in all competitions for the Galaxy including 3 in the MLS playoffs, helping the Galaxy to capture the 2011 MLS Cup.
Mike Magee has become LA's "Mr. November" due to his repeated ability to deliver goals and in form clutch performances in the post-season, having scored 8 goals in his 15 playoff matches for the team.
On May 24, 2013, Magee was traded to Chicago Fire for the MLS rights to Robbie Rogers. He made an immediate impact with the club, scoring 7 goals in his first 7 matches across all competitions. He won the June Player of the Month Award. The Fire missed the playoffs by three goals, and Magee lost to Camilo Sanvezzo for the MLS Golden Boot. Camilo had 22 goals and 6 assists, while Magee had 21 goals and 4 assists. On November 20, he- along with Robbie Keane and Marco Di Vaio, was nominated for the MVP Award. On December 5, he was named the MVP of MLS. He became the first Chicago Fire player ever to win the award.
Magee spent some of his earliest years living in Elmhurst, Illinois before moving away. He played AYSO; one year, his team name was the "Blue Bombers".
Magee and his girlfriend, Kristen Pizzolato, had a daughter, Keira, in March 2010.
- As of April 28, 2013
|New York Red Bulls||2003||MLS||29||7||5||0||2||0||—||36||7|
|Los Angeles Galaxy||2009||23||2||1||0||4||2||—||28||4|
- Los Angeles Galaxy
- MLS Cup (2): 2011, 2012
- MLS Supporters' Shield (2): 2010, 2011
- MLS Western Conference Regular Season (3): 2009, 2010, 2011
- MLS Player of the Month (1): March 2013
- MLS Player of the Week (2): 2011, 2013
- Chicago Fire
- the team was known as MetroStars prior to 2006
- "On The Field - by Mike Magee". U.S. Soccer. 25 August 2002. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
- Sutton, Alan (September 7, 2001). "Instead of playing high school soccer, Mike Magee, 17, is pursuing a professional dream at a Florida academy. A head start on his future". Chicago Tribune.
- Rivera, Guillermo (24 May 2013). "Fire land Magee in trade for Rogers". Chicago Now. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "Magee wins MLS MVP". chicago-fire.com. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- "Magee might take O'Neill call". Herald. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Chris Wondolowski lifts U.S. to victory". Associated Press. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
- "Long Grove native thrilled to be playing soccer for Chicago Fire". July 25, 2013.