Mike Magee’s move to Chicago was a bit of a head-scratcher from one perspective:
How did that wily ol’ Bruce Arena, long the smartest kid in the room when it comes to MLS roster construction, get hoodwinked into agreeing to a bad deal on this high-profile Robbie Rogers swap? Especially when it seemed that leverage was on the Galaxy side in talks with Chicago, which owned the highly publicized left winger’s MLS rights.
Rogers had said out loud that he didn’t want to play in Chicago – no offense, guys – because he wanted to be closer to his family and extended support network in California.
So … Rogers’ rights for Mike Magee? Consider that Magee is a veteran MLS man who sure knows how to step up when it counts, in the MLS playoffs and, more recently, when his team was desperate for a scoring solution pending high-profile reinforcements.
Magee stepped forward to offer some explanation. Long story short, he asked for the move. He’s a Chicago native and had long thought about the possibility of playing closer to home. Magee has been thinking about coming home, he said, since he left at age 15 for U.S. Soccer’s Bradenton Academy.
What the Fire’s new forward/midfielder said after Monday’s practice in Illinois:
It’s been on my mind pretty much since I left. I tried to get back [here] a couple times in the past and then I think throughout the process with Robbie Rogers, that whole saga with him trying to get to LA, it crept in my mind that somebody had to go to Chicago. And I raised my hand.”
Magee, with six goals this year, tied for third in MLS, did not play Saturday as the Fire visited Real Salt Lake. If he doesn’t play tonight against the Charlotte Eagles in U.S. Open Cup action, he’ll surely get into the fight this weekend as the Fire hosts D.C. United.
Here he comes.
When Henrikh Mkhitaryan signed for Manchester United in the summer big things were expected.
It’s taken him a while to settle but now the Armenian playmaker has scored his first goal for United with a stunning superb solo effort against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League.
Watch the video below to see Mkhitaryan put United 1-0 up.
What a goal.
You truly have to see this a few times to believe it is possible.
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Stunning footage from a game between National Vatera and Makedonikos Kozanis in Greece’s four-tier last weekend has emerged as Kozanis striker Thanasis Takidis goes clean through on goal, gets one yard out but then somehow delays his shot and is blocked on the line by a defender, then the ball gets away from him.
Watch the clip above to see probably the worst miss you will ever see.
I mean, come on man…
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) Japanese champion Kashima Antlers beat Auckland City of New Zealand 2-1 in the opening game of the Club World Cup on Thursday.
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Kim Dae-wook headed Auckland ahead five minutes after half time, but substitute Shuhei Akasaki equalized for the J-League champions in the 67th minute.
Fellow sub Mu Kanazaki then completed the comeback in the 88th, heading home from close range after Shoma Doi nodded a deep Shuto Yamamoto cross from the left back.
Kashima advanced to a quarterfinal against African champion Mamelodi Sundowns in Osaka on Sunday.
The winner of that game will face Copa Libertadores winner Atletico Nacional in the semifinal Wednesday. European powerhouse Real Madrid also enters the tournament from the semifinal stage.
The use of video replays was available during the match but there were no official reviews. The technology is there to be used only for correcting clear errors in game-changing decisions.
Week 15 of the Premier League season has arrived with Manchester United hosting Tottenham, Liverpool welcoming West Ham and Leicester City and Manchester City clashing at the King Power Stadium.
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With some intense relegation battles between Swansea City and Sunderland and Hull City and Crystal Palace, there is plenty on the line as the festive season really starts to heat up.
Below are previews, score predictions and everything else you need to know about all 10 games this weekend.
Chelsea vs. West Brom
Leicester City vs. Manchester City
Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool vs. West Ham
Arsenal vs. Stoke City
Southampton vs. Middlesbrough
Swansea City vs. Sunderland
Watford vs. Everton
Hull vs. Crystal Palace
Burnley vs. Bournemouth