He's considered by many to be the leader in the MLS MVP discussion.
Before his arrival, the Chicago Fire were a woeful 2-7-1. In dire straits, the club decided to bring home its hometown hero. The Fire would respond with some fire on the pitch of their own, posting a 9-5-6 record in the process.
He has brought them legitimacy.
But he also may have sealed Chicago's fate in one fell swoop Saturday night.
He is Mike Magee.
There's no denying the impact Mike Magee's had on the Fire this season. The 29-year-old veteran has put the entire city of Chicago on his shoulders since he arrived in late May. His 12 goals and 30 shots on target are a club-best.
The Fire needed a 13th in the 78th minute of Saturday's 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact.
In search of his hat-trick, Magee walked to the spot. His third goal of the night would seemingly seal an all-important 3-1 victory for Chicago. The victory would propel the club to 42 points and a share of the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
His thunderous strike rattled off the frame. Montreal would equalize just nine minutes later.
Now, the Fire find themselves two points out of the playoff picture. With four matches remaining, the opportunity is still there for Magee to lift his city into the promised land. According to Anthony Zilis on MLS' official website, the man they call Magic Mike says it's already a forgone conclusion:
We've got to put them away one of these games and take that pressure off the defense. There's no time to cry or feel bad for ourselves or whatever. We've got four games left, and we're going to make the playoffs.
A bold statement from the 11-year veteran.
But should he fail to deliver that promise, remember this moment. Remember this miss. It could prove to be the decisive two points in a ridiculously tight Eastern Conference race.
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