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Chicago Fire's Mike Magee "a little surprised" to be left off USMNT roster for upcoming friendlies

While seven MLS players were named to the 23-man US men's national team roster on Monday for upcoming friendlies against Austria and Scotland, the potential league MVP was not on that list.

Chicago Fire striker Mike Magee, who finished his best season as a pro with 21 goals (one shy of the MLS Golden Boot), did not receive a call from USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann. And that certainly resonated with the man usually known as "Mr. November."

“I was a little surprised not to be called in,” Magee explained very succinctly to the Fire's official website.

Instead of Magee, Klinsmann elected to go with the six-man forward group of Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson of the Seattle Sounders, Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes, Jozy Altidore, Aron Johannsson and Terrence Boyd.

The 29-year-old Magee was a US youth international at the U-17 and U-20 level, playing in the World Cups for both age classifications, but has never made an appearance for the senior US national team. He was called to camp in 2004 but was forced to withdraw due to injuries.

Despite not being named to the roster for the November dates, Magee still has a shot at being called in for the typically MLS-heavy January USMNT camp.

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