Why Mike Magee of the Chicago Fire Is the Hottest Player in MLS

Oliver FieldContributor IIIJuly 3, 2013

Jun 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Fire midfielder Mike Magee retrieves the ball after scoring a goal during the second half against the Portland Timbers at Toyota Park. Chicago and Portland ended in a 2-2 tie. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chicago Fire might be sitting in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, but Mike Magee is trying to change that.

Since arriving in the Windy City, Magee has been the focal point of the Fire's offense. Without missing a beat, the forward has scored in four straight MLS appearances, and six straight in all competitions.

In fact, Magee has scored in every match he has played for his new club.

Some eyebrows were raised when Bruce Arena let him leave Los Angeles in exchange for the rights to Robbie Rogers.

I think it is safe to say that Chicago got the better end of the deal.

Magee led the league in goals at the time of his departure. One month later, he remains at the top, with 10 goals from from just 14 MLS games.

There is nothing too flashy about Magee's play. He is deceptive, makes good runs and is quick off the mark. What makes him special is his ability to find the ball around the penalty area.

He is not physically imposing, but his crafty ability to split the defense makes him a constant goal threat.

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Often deployed out wide for the Galaxy, Magee has always been able to pop up in the right spot at the right time. His keen eye for goal has him playing up front these days, and the results speak loudly.

After just four MLS games with the Fire, Magee leads the team in scoring.Some of his teammates could learn a thing or two from the forward. His closest competition comes from Maicon Santos and Daniel Paladini, each with two goals on the year.

Mike Magee is without a doubt the hottest player in MLS right now. While other candidates can boast more impressive strikes and contribute to better sides, Magee's scoring record is enough to solidify the No. 1 spot for the time being. With half the season left to be played, Magee is on pace to knock in more than 20 goals this year.

The Chicago native feels right at home with his new squad, seamlessly transitioning into the side. Magee's reliability in front of goal has been a revelation for a struggling Fire team. But having gone undefeated since he made his debut, the Fire will attempt to ride his hot streak into a playoff spot.

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