Chicago Fire forward and reigning MLS Most Valuable Player Mike Magee is out for the season and will miss 6-to-8 months after having hip surgery, the team announced.
The surgery repaired a labrum injury and articular surface damage.
Fire head coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop said that Magee has been struggling all season with injuries and it was best for him to have surgery after consulting with the team's medical staff.
“It’s unfortunate that Mike will be out for an extended period, but he’s been struggling this season with the injuries,” Yallop said in a team statement. “After consulting with our medical staff, we decided that this was the best time for Mike to have the procedure.”
Magee scored 21 goals in 2013 during his MVP campaign – six with the LA Galaxy and 15 with the Fire after a midseason trade that sent Robbie Rogers to LA. This season, Magee scored seven goals and recorded four assists in 17 games. He has not played since Aug. 16, though, missing the last three games.
Chicago has a 5-7-14 record this season, the second worst mark in the Eastern Conference.
- Scooby Axson