Mike Magee just can’t be stopped right now, and neither can the Chicago Fire.
Magee’s goal in the 75th minute — his 14th of the season — broke the 1-1 deadlock between the Fire (8-9-4, 28 pts.) and the Philadelphia Union (9-7–7, 34 pts.) proved to be the game-winner for Chicago, which is quickly clawing its way back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. the goal was Magee’s fifth game-winner of the year, tying him with Union forward Jack McInerney for the league-lead.
Magee’s torrid scoring pace has seen him eight goals in 10 games since joining the Fire from the Los Angeles Galaxy in the trade that sent Robbie Rogers in the other direction. Magee has been a revelation for the Fire and looks like the missing piece to a Chicago team that showed so much promise at the end of the 2012 season, but sputtered at the beginning of the season. But since the trading for Magee on May 24 , the Fire are 6-2-2 and back in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Now, can Magee keep up this goalscoring pace? Probably not. He’s scoring almost a goal-a-game, which is just otherworldly for any player. But Chicago doesn’t need him to because eventually someone else will begin to pick-up the pieces and finish the chances that will come when teams begin to overplay or focus on slowing down Magee, who is just as adapt at setting up goals as he is finishing them.
Either way, right now, Magee looks to be Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player, even if he doesn’t win the Golden Boot. He’s connected all the dots in Chicago and brought the team back from the doldrums and into the fight for an MLS Cup playoff spot with his energetic and creative play.