New York's Mike Magee is the team's longest serving player at just 24 years old. After being tipped as a future U.S. national team star in his teens, he had also disappeared off the radar these past two years thanks to a series of injuries, writes Chris Celletti. Now he's returned to the starting lineup and some semblance of form with three recent goals, including two gamewinners.
"With the health problems came some mental issues and a lack of confidence," Magee told Celletti. But playing in attack with a player of Juan Pablo Angel's experience has helped him to find his game again. "We complement each other really well. There's not too many guys who are looking to score 100 per cent of the time, but Juan Pablo does. I have the same mentality."
The duo's combined seven goals during NY's August home stretch helped the team maintain its push for a playoff spot. Since then it has faltered on the road (one point out of a possible nine), but beaten Salt Lake at home. With three of its final five games at the Meadowlands, Magee acknowledges "we need to win our home games. As for me, I just need to continue to be fit and find my playing time. I have to keep working on my finishing and stay sharp. Now that I'm scoring, I can't stop."