Magee’s Call-up Shows Benefits for Fire

Success in MLS has earned Magee a spot on the USMNT roster
by Kiran Balan   |   Monday, January 06, 2014

Ladder 97 – column on Chicago Fire & the Chicagoland area soccer scene.

It’s been nearly 9 years since Mike Magee made his debut for the United States Men’s National Team, but this past Friday he was deservedly called back into the roster as USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled his selections.

The reigning MLS MVP joins goalkeeper Sean Johnson as the Chicago Fire’s representatives in the 26-man roster. The callup will not only help raise the profile of Magee, but it will also be a huge boost for the Chicago Fire who haven’t seen a field player make the USMNT squad in a long time.

The addition of Mike Magee will add a new dimension and quality up top given his potent goal scoring ability at the club level. Klinsmann knows quality players when he sees it and Magee’s high caliber 2013 season has not gone unnoticed. He notched 15 goals in 22 appearances for the men in red.

Yet it is not only his scoring ability that makes him a cut above other great strikers in MLS.  He was able to tally 4 assists in his first season with the Fire. A great motivator on the field with a huge passion for the game, it will be the untaught aspects such as these that could be vital for the US to succeed at the World Cup.

Additionally, his versatility to be able to play as an attacking midfielder or as a striker could be a big deciding factor for coach Klinsmann when he creates his final 23-man roster for the World Cup.

The success of Magee will also help raise the profile of the Chicago Fire in the transfer market. With the team currently in offseason and looking for high profile acquisitions, having Magee named a national team player will help garner international attention to the Fire. The Fire have struggled to find quality designated players and many world class players have overlooked the Fire, in favor of joining teams such as the Los Angeles Galaxy or New York Red Bulls. Yet with Magee joining the US camp, the Fire have grown their sphere of influence and the markets that the team can financially compete in.

If Magee performs above expectations during the January camp and is a surprise inclusion for Brazil 2014, the possibilities are endless for the growth of the team.

NEXT UP: March 9 – Chicago Fire vs. Chivas USA, StubHub Center, Carson, Calif. 3 p.m. EST, Unimas.


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Columnist for his hometown MLS team, Chicago Fire. When he’s not flying down the left wing for ISU FC or in a pick-up game, he can be seen watching the beautiful game. A die-hard Chelsea and USMNT fan, he is keen to growing his soccer knowledge.