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Fantastic Goal Mike Magee Against Manchester City

Mike Magee

  • DOB September 2, 1984
  • Age 30
  • Place of birth Chicago, Illinois
  • POSITION Midfielder/Forward
  • HEIGHT 5'9"
  • WEIGHT 160
  • U.S. CAPS 0
  • CLUB Chicago Fire
  • Current ASN 100 Rank 54
  • Previous ASN 100 Rank 38
  • Youth Experience U-17, U-20

Mike Magee was always a serviceable pro—alternating between forward and attacking midfield—but his career exploded in 2011 after he refocused and rededicated himself to the game. Magee's vision, technique, and awareness serve him well on the left side—where he once played for the Los Angeles Galaxy and is now with the Chicago Fire

Magee started out in Bradenton, playing in the U-17 World Cup in 2001. Two years later, he played in the U-20 World Cup and joined the Bob Bradley–coached MetroStars, playing in every game except one and scoring seven goals. A call to the national team came in 2004, although he did not earn a cap. Magee enjoyed another strong season in 2005, but injuries robbed him of effectiveness from 2006 to 2008.

A move to the Los Angeles Galaxy came in the winter of 2009, and Magee scored two goals during the four-game playoff run that saw his new club lose in the MLS Cup final. The midfielder again missed time due to injury in 2010, but returned in impressive form the following season. He became a fan favorite—eventually inspiring a Twitter feed called @MikeMageeFacts—and learned to love playing with David Beckham. "If you have half a brain, you realize that when David gets the ball and has a tenth of a second to look up or even to get a cross in, you really need to get in front of the ball because he's basically going to bank it off you. The sooner I figured that out, I started scoring more goals," he told USA Today. The result: 10 goals in all competitions in 2011.

Magee also stepped into goal for a little more than a half after injuries to Donovan Ricketts and Josh Saunders. "When I first went in there, I thought it was cool to play goalie," he told The New York Times. "At halftime we kind of regrouped, but no one said anything to me. All of a sudden I realized I’m the goalie, and at that point I was scared. All of a sudden it hit me and the adrenaline from the first half wore off. I had to go out there for another 45 minutes." He posted a clean sheet.

Magee has proved he can fit anywhere and succeed. His connection with Landon Donovan doesn't hurt his chances, either. Jurgen Klinsmann won't rely on Magee for too much, but there's certainly the possibility the midfielder will earn a cap in the near future.—NOAH DAVIS

Noteworthy Reads

The Galaxy's Accidental Goalkeeper (NYTimes.com)
Mike Magee Is the L.A. Galaxy's Undercover Star (USA Today)
AmericanSoccerNow.