Mike Magee (soccer)

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Mike Magee
Mike Magee at Galaxy at Earthquakes 2010-08-21.JPG
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-09-02) September 2, 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Elmhurst, Illinois, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Chicago Fire
Number 9
Youth career
2000–2001 IMG Soccer Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2009 New York Red Bulls[1] 130 (23)
2009–2013 Los Angeles Galaxy 105 (19)
2013– Chicago Fire 38 (22)
National team
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 August 10, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 23, 2012

Michael "Mike" Magee (born September 2, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Professional[edit]

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.[2] Then after graduating from USSF's Bradenton Academy[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] It was the first time Magee had played in goal at any level of soccer.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

International[edit]

Magee spent time with various US youth national Teams. He played in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, scoring the game-winner against Paraguay.

In November 2013, Republic of Ireland national football team captain Robbie Keane revealed that he would recommend Magee to Martin O'Neill as a possible call-up.[10]

Magee was called up by Jurgen Klinsmann for the 2014 January Camp. However, he was left out of the lineup on February 1st against South Korea due to food poisoning.[11]

Personal[edit]

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.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of may 20, 2014
Club Season League Cup Playoffs Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
New York Red Bulls 2003 MLS 29 7 5 0 2 0 36 7
2004 22 3 - - - - 22 3
2005 29 5 1 0 - - 30 5
2006 17 3 1 0 1 0 19 3
2007 7 0 - - - - 7 0
2008 26 5 1 0 - - 27 5
Los Angeles Galaxy 2009 23 2 1 0 4 2 28 4
2010 16 1 - - 3 0 1 0 20 1
2011 27 5 1 1 4 3 4 1 36 10
2012 29 5 1 0 5 3 3 1 38 9
2013 10 6 0 0 0 0 4 0 14 6
Chicago Fire 2013 21 15 4 3 - - 25 18
2014 16 7 - - - - 16 7
Career total 272 64 15 4 19 8 12 2 318 78

Honours[edit]

Los Angeles Galaxy
Chicago Fire

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