Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Galaxy Acquire Mike Magee

The LA Galaxy today acquired midfielder Mike Magee from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for the Galaxy’s natural Second Round pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. Magee, 24, is a six-year MLS veteran who originally joined the Red Bulls in 2003 as an 18-year-old. A Chicago native, he has played in 130 games during his MLS career, scoring 23 goals and adding 13 assists, including five goals and an assist in 26 games in 2008.

“Mike is a very good attacking player and can play in a number of positions,” Galaxy General Manager and Head Coach Bruce Arena said. “At 24 years old, Mike brings us some proven quality and experience. I believe he will be a great asset to our team.”

Originally drafted by the MetroStars (now New York Red Bulls) in the first round (4th overall) of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft, Magee scored a career-best seven goals in his rookie season, establishing himself as one of the top young talents in MLS. In August 2006, he was joined in New York by Arena, who was hired to coach the Red Bulls. However, Magee was limited to just ten games in 15 months under the now-Galaxy head coach as a result of a knee injury. Fully recovered from his injury, Magee returned to play in 26 games for New York last season, his most since 2005, scoring five times, including three game-winning goals, to help lead the Red Bulls to the MLS Cup final for the first time in club history.

Capable of playing up front and in the midfield, Magee has also gained experience in the U.S. National Team system, playing for the U-17, U-20 and U-23 National Teams, representing the U.S. at the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship and the 2003 World Youth Championships (U-20). In January 2005, Magee was part of a 28-player National Team training camp that was held at The Home Depot Center under the direction of Arena, who was the U.S. National Team coach at that time, in advance of the first CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier of the year. However, he has yet to earn his first cap with the national team.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update and info. Okay, Bruce and Dave are trying to bring in players that can definitely bring about an impact or two per game. Good. I hope that all of the players brought in are ready to work very hard and well together. The more training, drills, practices and scrimmages they all get in the better the timing, placement, cohesion, and ball movement will be. It's going to take several, several weeks before all of the players can be on the same wavelengths.
Cannot wait to find out how we do in tomorrow's Super Draft in St. Louis. Please keep us informed tomorrow!!!

Nick said...

Awesome addition! A young, proven starter for a 2nd rounder! Good move. It's sure to be an upgrade from Lewis and Klein who are getting up there in age. LA can go to the bench for those guys and keep them fresh. Now...let's get rid of Jazic and get another strong back. If Donovan and Beckham come back as promised, things are looking way better than last year.

A lot of dead wood has been jettisoned: Dominguez, Franchino, Pires, even Vagenas to a certain extent.

Let's hope that Bowen pans out and Kirovski finds his touch.

Anyone know what the plans are for Wicks? With Cronin and Ricketts, I don't see him hanging around as a number 3.

Anonymous said...

I agree fully. This is an excellent move. Magee is 24 so he's the age of a senior. However he's not a rookie and has proven he can play. Him on RM helps becks be free in Attacking mid. ALso with Ely Allen, we now have depth so international dates wont kill us. Hopefully they buy a good CB and maybe draft a solid LB and this team will be much better than last year. It already is actually.