With the Chicago Fire acquiring forward Mike Magee this past Saturday via trade with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the veteran MLS player has returned to his hometown in hopes of helping this club reach the postseason.
The Fire (2-7-2, 8 points) have just been dead awful on offense this season as they rank 18th in goals scored this season with a putrid seven goals in 11 matches. With the addition of Magee, perhaps the Fire can make a run over the next three months.
“We have to start getting some points,” Magee said on Monday after his first training session with the Fire. “It’s still a very young season. Even watching the guys, they played well and things aren’t going their way. Little finishes and they’re getting punished for all their mistakes and sometimes that’s how it goes. We’ll get it right.”
Magee who was born in Chicago, moved away when he was 15 and attended the United States Soccer Federation’s Bradenton Academy in Bradenton, Fla. After a successful stint with the Galaxy over the past five seasons, Magee said he has received a bevy of calls from family and friends who live in the Chicago area.
The 28-year old forward realized he might get a chance to play in his hometown when former Fire property, Robbie Rogers wanted to be traded to Los Angeles. Magee said he didn’t think we would ever be traded but he did express to Galaxy personnel that he would like to play in Chicago.
“I have to thank the Galaxy,” Magee said. “I had a good talk with Bruce [Arena], mentioned I’m from here and that it was long past due that I get home. The Galaxy were great in facilitating that.”
The Fire made two moves last week along with the acquisition of Magee as the club also acquired defender Bakary Soumare from the Philadelphia Union. With the recent additions, this sends a signal to current Fire players that the club is committed to constant improvement.
“Mike obviously you know his experience but he’s just a quality player,” said Fire head coach Frank Klopas. “Plus this is a guy from Chicago, here. The pride that he has with the team and what it means for him to be back. I think that’s important, bringing two quality guys that have ties, with Baky starting his career here and Mike being from here, I think that’s important.”
Klopas mentioned that Magee could possibly play in the club’s upcoming U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.
For Magee, he doesn’t feel any added pressure in coming to a club that has lacked any offensive consistency this season. However, he did admit he was nervous walking into the Fire locker room for the first time on Monday.
“It was the first time I was nervous in a while,” Magee said. “Obviously there’s awkward conversations and kind of meeting some guys, catching up with some old guys. I haven’t had that feeling since I went to LA.Everything was great. It was more than I expected and there were a lot more faces I knew than I thought I would. They have a great environment here but unfortunately the points aren’t showing it.”