MVP awards should be given the player who makes the biggest impact on their team. On Thursday morning, the 2013 MLS MVP was awarded to Mike Magee, forward for the Chicago Fire, and they couldn’t have made a better selection.
The 29-year-old American Magee spent the season with two teams, the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Fire. He scored 6 goals in 10 games with the Galaxy before being traded on May 25th for midfielder Robbie Rogers, who had yet to even play for the Fire. This trade has amounted to an extremely lopsided deal — Rogers played in eleven games (7 started, 602 total minutes) with no goals and one assist.
While with the Fire, Magee spent his days scoring whenever he wanted. Fifteen goals and four assists in twenty-two games. The dude was on fire. In total between the two teams, Magee scored the second most goals in the MLS at 21.
Chicago began the season 2-7-2. After the arrival of Magee, Chicago went 12-6-5 the rest of the year. Using points per game (PPG), the Fire earned 0.73 PPG before Magee and 1.78 with him. In comparison, the New York Red Bulls, who had the most points in the regular season, had 1.74 over the course of the whole season. Unfortunately for Chicago, it was too late as they did not make the playoffs, missing out by only a point.
What’s really ironic is that Chicago missed the playoffs because of Magee, despite all of Magee’s efforts. In the first game of the season, Magee, still apart of the Galaxy, scored a hat trick… against Chicago.
Magee beat out New York’s Tim Cahill, Montreal’s Marco DiVaio, and LA’s Robbie Keane, who is a former teammate of Magee’s.
This was Magee’s tenth year in the league, where he had never scored more than seven goals in a season.
Magee was also apart of the MLS Best XI earlier this week