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It's a new age for Magee in Chicago

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SANDY, Utah -- It might not sound right to some, but the Chicago Fire's newest acquisition is only 28 years old.

Mike Magee, a Chicago native, seems older than that when you factor in how long he's been in the professional soccer ranks.

The midfielder, traded from the Los Angeles Galaxy for the rights of forward Robbie Rogers, made his pro debut more than a decade ago and is in his 11th MLS season.

To that point, Magee's name should sound familiar with appreciative soccer trivia aficionados, as well as those who remember him from his South Barrington upbringing.

Drafted with the fourth pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by the New York/New Jersey Metrostars, Magee made some history when he stepped on the pitch on April 12, 2003.

That day, he became the youngest player (18 years, 222 days) in New York history.

Magee went on to collect 23 goals and 13 assists in six-plus years and 130 regular-season appearances with New York.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound forward returns to his roots as a well-seasoned veteran, having spent the last five seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Fire fans who might have lost track of the Chicago player, and who are frustrated with the club's offensive problems this season, will be encouraged by the fact Magee led the Galaxy in scoring with six goals.

That was as many goals as Chicago's entire team has scored this season.

Magee, a two-time MLS Cup champion, was not available to play Saturday night in Utah against Real Salt Lake. He is expected to join the team on Monday and could be in uniform Wednesday when the Fire travel to face the Charlotte Eagles in Rock Hill, S.C., for a U.S. Open Cup game.

Magee was the MLS Player of the Month in April and was tied for second in MLS scoring coming into the weekend.

"To add someone of Mike's caliber to the Fire roster is tremendous," Chicago president of soccer operations Javier Leon said Saturday in a statement after the trade was publicly announced.

"Mike is a proven offensive threat and to have him on our roster is a great opportunity for the Fire. He's a Chicago guy, and we know he's just as excited to come back home as we are to have him join the club."

Magee was the second acquisition in three days for Chicago.

The Fire, hoping to spark its struggling team, also traded for defender Bakary Soumare on Thursday.

Soumare, who played for the Fire from 2007-09, was available on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
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