Mike Magee Named MLS Player of the Month for June
CHICAGO, Ill. (July 3, 2013) – Major League Soccer announced Wednesday that Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee has been voted the Major League Soccer Player of the Month for June by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). Currently tied for the MLS lead in goals scored, Magee scored four goals in all four of the Fire’s MLS matches in June.
Since joining the Fire from the LA Galaxy on May 25, Magee has led the Fire to an unbeaten June as the Men in Red went 3-0-1 in MLS play. Magee scored in the 2-0 victory against D.C. United on June 2, a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on June 8 and 2-1 victory against the Colorado Rapids on June 19.
The Chicago native also assisted on Dilly Duka’s equalizing goal and scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over the Columbus on June 22, leading the Fire to their first road win of the season.
This is Magee’s second Player of the Month honor this season and his first as a Fire player. Magee started 2013 on an equally hot streak while with the Galaxy, scoring a hat trick in the Galaxy’s home opener against the Fire on March 3, converted a penalty kick in the Galaxy’s 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on March 24 and opened scoring in the Galaxy’s 2-2 draw with Toronto FC on March 30.
The MLS Player of the Month is selected each month of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership information can be found at www.soccerreporters.com.
In addition to his four goals and one assist in MLS regular season play during the month of June, Magee became the first player in Fire history to record a goal in each of his first seven matches across all competitions. The Chicago native has added three goals and two assists on the club's current run to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.
This is the first time a Fire player has been named MLS Player of the Month since Brian McBride was honored in April 2009.
Part of Magee's first month with the Chicago Fire will be a feature segment on "MLS Insider" set to air this Friday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network.
Currently unbeaten in eight games across all competitions, the Fire host the San Jose Earthquakes at Toyota Park Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. CT (My50/La Ley 107.9). The Fire then welcome Sporting Kansas City in a match presented by Quaker on Sunday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m. CT (ESPN/La Ley 107.9). The first 7,500 fans in the stadium on Sunday will receive an Austin Berry Bobblehead. Tickets for both matches are available by calling 888-MLS-Fire or by visiting www.Chicago-Fire.com.