Mike Magee marks LA Galaxy return with two goals, assist, drawn PK
When Mike Magee last played for the LA Galaxy he made a habit of scoring clutch goals. He marked his return to the club much in the same way.
Magee scored twice, assisted on a goal and drew a penalty that set up a fourth, helping the Galaxy to a come-from-behind 4-1 win over D.C. United to cap MLS's opening day.
Magee's close-range lob gave the Galaxy a 2-1 lead over D.C., capping a comeback from an early deficit. Sebastian Lletget served a perfect cross for the unmarked Magee, who took two touches–one to settle, one to chip–and dispatched the ball in the far corner of the net in the 64th minute. Magee, who entered as a halftime substitute for Giovani Dos Santos, also assisted on the Galaxy's equalizer, with his corner kick being headed home by center back Daniel Steres 10 minutes earlier.
D.C. had taken the lead on a fifth-minute goal by Lamar Neagle, following a midfield turnover by Steven Gerrard.
After leaving LA in 2013 and going on to win the league MVP honors with his hometown Chicago Fire that season, Magee suffered through an injury-plagued 2014 and 2015, returning to the Galaxy as a free agent. It sure didn't take a whole lot of time to re-acclimate. Watch his first goal below:
Magee wasn't done there, either. He drew a penalty in the 81st minute after being played through by Ashley Cole and getting tripped by goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra. Robbie Keane converted the ensuing spot kick to give the Galaxy a 3-1 lead. And when Keane was taken down just outside the area in the 87th, it was Magee who headed home Gerrard's free kick to put the result to bed.