Mike Magee capped a career year with the ultimate individual prize.
The Fire forward was named Major League Soccer most valuable player Thursday in a vote of players, MLS club management and media members based on regular-season performances. He is the fifth Fire player to be nominated for the award and the first to win it in club history. The other three finalists were Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbi Keane, Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio, and New York Red Bulls Tim Cahill.
Magee, 29, joins the Bulls’ Derrick Rose (NBA MVP 2010-11) as only the second Chicago professional athlete to win his league’s most valuable player award since the late 1990’s.
The Fire acquired Magee on May 25 from the Galaxy for the MLS right to Robbie Rogers. In 22 games with the Fire, Magee scored 15 goals and collected four assists. Prior to joining the Men in red, he scored six goals with the Galaxy, for a season total of 21 goals, second behind Vancouver’s Camilo Sanvezzo. Magee’s previous season-high was seven goals scored in his 2003 rookie season with the MetroStars.
The Chicago-area native, earned his first career MLS All-Star spot in July when the league’s top players played Serie A side AS Roma. Magee was also recently named his first career MLS Best XI earlier this week. The 11-year veteran, was also voted MLS Player of the Month for March and June by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).
Today at approximately 4:30 p.m. CT, Magee will receive the award and be presented to media in the Kansas City area covering MLS Cup 2013, according to the official Fire press release.