Fire reward Magee with new pact

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Updated: 4/10/2014 5:23 pm

Bridgeview, IL ( - The Chicago Fire announced Thursday the club has signed reigning MLS MVP Mike Magee to a contract extension.

Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Mike is a proven winner," said Chicago Fire head coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop. "He has shown throughout his time in Chicago and in MLS that he can score goals and consistently perform at the highest level. Mike has earned this new contract and we're happy that we were able to reach a new deal."

In 22 games with the Fire last season since returning to his hometown club via a trade from the Los Angeles Galaxy, he scored 15 goals and tallied four assists, leading the club to the cusp of the playoffs before narrowly missing out on the final day of the season.

Prior to joining the Fire, Magee scored six goals with the Galaxy, bringing his season total to 21 goals, just one shy of Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Camilo Sanvezzo, the 2013 MLS Golden Boot winner. Magee's previous season-high was seven goals scored in his 2003 rookie season with the MetroStars.

"As a kid, I would have paid to play for the Chicago Fire, so as you can imagine, I'm beyond happy to have signed a new deal," said Magee. "My only goal with this team is to win an MLS Cup."

Magee opened his 2014 account last week against the Philadelphia Union and will look to get the Fire back on the winning track on Saturday against Montreal after drawing four straight games.

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