After leading the Chicago Fire to a U.S. Open Cup win in his team debut, Mike Magee will next try to help his new club break out of its MLS slump.
In Magee's first home match, the Fire look to end a four-game winless stretch Sunday against last-place D.C. United.
The Fire acquired Magee from Los Angeles on May 25, and he didn't wait long before contributing. He found the net 11 minutes into a 2-0 victory at the Charlotte Eagles on Wednesday and assisted on Chris Rolfe's goal in the second half.
"He's done extremely well. He's a quality player, someone that's going to add to more quality in the final third for us," coach Frank Klopas said of his new midfielder, who has 42 goals in 235 career MLS games.
Magee's next task is helping Chicago (2-7-2) start its long climb up the Eastern Conference standings while ending an 0-3-1 league stretch. The Fire snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-all tie against Real Salt Lake the same day Magee was acquired.
Quincy Amarikwa scored his team's first goal in league play since April 20 in the 84th minute.
"It's something to build on. It's positive," Klopas said. "We have a long way to go. It's a long season. But for us right now, it's one game at a time and continue to keep working. My team showed a lot of character."
Defender Bakary Soumare made his official return to the club in that draw. Soumare, acquired from Philadelphia on May 23, was an All-Star in 2009 for Chicago before leaving for France.
With help from Magee and Soumare, the Fire will try to hand D.C. (1-9-2) its longest winless streak in franchise history. United are 0-8-2 in their last 10 games and were shut out for the seventh time this season last Saturday, 2-0 by visiting Portland.
D.C. has scored two goals in its last five league games and needed a penalty kick shootout to advance in the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday after failing to score at the Richmond Kickers.
"It's embarrassing how soft we are, everywhere around the field. The lack of anger that a few of our guys play with, the lack of a chip on some of our guys' shoulders is mind-boggling to me," coach Ben Olsen said.
D.C. has played to draws in each of its last three trips to Chicago, the most recent 1-all Oct. 27. United, though, beat the Fire 4-2 at home Aug. 22.
D.C. is not expected to have goalkeeper Bill Hamid available as he's currently with the U.S. national team. Chicago's Joel Lindpere (Estonia), Gonzalo Segares (Costa Rica) and Victor Pineda (U.S. Under-20) are also on international duty.
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