LA Galaxy's Mike Magee earns MLS Player of the Month honors for March
LA Galaxy fans keeping track of their “#MikeMageefacts” on Twitter can add another one to the list: The veteran's rip-roaring start to the 2013 MLS season has earned him Player of the Month honors for March as voted on by the North American Soccer Reporters.
The 28-year-old midfielder/forward has netted five strikes in four games, which not only makes him the league's leading scorer, but also puts him level or ahead of 10 teams in the goals column. Magee's career high for goals in a season came a decade ago, when he nabbed seven with New York in 2003.
He edged out Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier for the POTM gong. (See how the North American Soccer Reporters voted here.) Bernier's teammate Davy Arnaud, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, Chivas USA netminder Dan Kennedy and Toronto FC newcomer Robert Earnshaw also garnered votes.
Magee started the campaign with a bang, bagging his first career hat trick in LA's 4-0 romp over Chicago on opening weekend to earn a Player of the Week nod.
WATCH: Magee bags hat trick in Week 1
He then chipped in the game-winner against Colorado on March 23 and ensured that the Galaxy left Toronto with a point on Saturday, scoring the opening goal in LA's 2-2 draw at BMO Field.
The Galaxy remain undefeated in all competitions and occupy third place in the Western Conference with a 2-0-2 record.
Magee has also played an important part in his club's advancement to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, and has been a versatile contributor for head coach Bruce Arena, performing well up front in addition to his usual role on the left side of midfield.