[MLS AWARDS] For the second time in three years, a player who was traded in the middle of the season was named MLS's Most Valuable Player. And like Dwayne De Rosario with D.C United in 2011, Mike Magee, the 2103 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player, didn't make the playoffs with the Chicago Fire.
But that wasn't for the lack of effort. In 22 games with Chicago, Magee scored 15 goals and tallied four assists. Prior to joining the Fire, Magee had six goals with the LA Galaxy, bringing his 2013 total to 21 goals -- the second most in MLS this season behind Camilo of Vancouver with 22 thanks to a hat trick on the last day of the season and triple his previous high of seven with the MetroStars a decade ago.
Magee, 29, came to the Fire on May 25 in a trade necessitated by the move of the LA Galaxy to obtain the rights to Robbie Rogers.
A loss to New York on the final day of the MLS season eliminated the Fire from the playoffs.
Magee's former Galaxy teammate, Robbie Keane, was second in voting, and Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio was third. Australian Tim Cahill of Supporters' Shield champion New York was fourth.
Magee played for the USA at the 2001 Under-17 World Cup and 2003 Under-20 World Cup but never represented it at the senior level. He is just the third uncapped player to win the MLS MVP award after Luciano Emilio(D.C. United) and Christian Gomez(D.C. United).
Keane has suggested Magee join him on the Irish national team if nothing turns up on the U.S. front.
MLS Most Valuable Players:
2013: Mike Magee – Chicago Fire
2012: Chris Wondolowski –San Jose Earthquakes
2011: Dwayne De Rosario –D.C. United
2010: David Ferreira – FC Dallas
2009: Landon Donovan –LA Galaxy
2008: Guillermo Barros Schelotto – Columbus Crew
2007: Luciano Emilio – D.C. United
2006: Christian Gomez – D.C. United
2005: Taylor Twellman – New England Revolution
2004: Amado Guevara – MetroStars
2003: Preki –Kansas City Wizards
2002: Carlos Ruiz – LA Galaxy
2001: Alex Pineda Chacon – Miami Fusion
2000: Tony Meola –Kansas City Wizards
1999: Jason Kreis –Dallas Burn
1998: Marco Etcheverry – D.C. United
1997: Preki – Kansas City Wizards
1996: Carlos Valderrama – Tampa Bay Mutiny