CHICAGO, Ill. (Tuesday, December 3, 2013) – Major League Soccer announced today that Fire forward Mike Magee has been named to the 2013 MLS Best XI, which recognizes the top 11 players at each position on the field. This is Magee’s first MLS Best XI honor of his career.
Magee came to the Fire in a trade on May 25 from the LA Galaxy. In 22 games with the Men in Red, Magee scored 15 goals and tallied four assists.
Prior to joining the Fire, Magee scored six goals with the LA Galaxy, bringing his season total to 21 goals, just one shy of Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Camilo Sanvezzo, the 2013 MLS Golden Boot winner. Magee’s previous season-high was seven goals scored in his 2003 rookie season with the MetroStars.
The eleven-year MLS veteran earned his first career MLS All-Star nomination when he was named to the 2013 MLS All-Star Fan XI and faced Italian Serie A side AS Roma in July. His selection marks the 22nd time a Fire player has been chosen for the honor with Magee becoming the 14th different player in club history to be named to the Best XI.
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Magee, who was voted MLS Player of the Month by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the month of June, was also honored as the Fire’s 2013 MVP and Golden Boot winner, and had three game-winning goals and two game-winning assists for the Men in Red.
Magee, along with Montreal Impact forward Marco DiVaio and LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane, is one of three finalists for the 2013 MLS Volkswagen MVP Award that will be unveiled on Thursday, Dec. 5.
This year MLS players, club leadership, and media members voted one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards to the Best XI, listed below in alphabetical order within each position:
2013 MLS Best XI:
Goalkeeper – Donovan Ricketts (Portland Timbers)
Defender – Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
Defender – Jose Goncalves (New England Revolution)
Defender – Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
Midfielder – Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls)
Midfielder – Will Johnson (Portland Timbers)
Midfielder – Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)
Midfielder – Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forward – Marco Di Vaio (Montreal Impact)
Forward – Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)
Forward – Mike Magee (Chicago Fire)