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
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
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
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 –
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