Mike Magee is coming back to LA.
The Galaxy announced on Thursday that the 2013 MLS MVP, who has spent the past two-and-a-half seasons with the Chicago Fire, has signed a free-agent contract to return to the team where he played from 2009 to the early part of 2013. Magee reportedly also had interest from Chicago, Sporting Kansas City and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
“Mike has shown that he is one of the most versatile and effective players in our league,” said LA Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena in a club statement. “He is familiar with our club and will be a key part of our team on and off the field. We look forward to Mike joining to our roster.”
Magee and the Galaxy had some fun on Twitter with the signing.
Magee began his seminal 2013 season with the Galaxy, scoring six goals in 10 games before being traded to his native Chicago, where he continued his torrid pace with the Fire by adding 15 more tallies. He finished the season with 21 goals and four assists, good for his first MVP award.
His next two years were plagued by injuries, limiting him to just 17 games and seven goals in 2014 and 12 games (three starts) with no goals last year.
In his 13-year MLS career, which started in 2003 with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars (now Red Bulls), Magee has amassed 64 goals and 34 assists in 286 regular season appearances. He has eight more postseason goals, all scored with the Galaxy.