After scoring five goals in each of the past three seasons, Mike Magee followed up a strong 2012 postseason run with a hot start to his season. With the first hat trick of his career coming against the Chicago Fire on Sunday, Magee already has three in his 2013 campaign in a 4-0 Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.
The two-time defending MLS Cup champions appeared to lose no offensive potency in an offseason where David Beckham signed with Paris Saint-Germain and Landon Donovan went on hiatus, thanks to the 28-year-old from Chicago who stepped up big against his hometown club when the Galaxy needed it most.
Magee struck first as the first half waned. Todd Dunivant’s shot in the 38th minute was batted away by Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson, but it fell at the feet of Magee. The postseason hero easily notched his first of the day to give the Galaxy a 1-0 lead at halftime.
LA captain Robbie Keane set Magee up for the second goal in the 68th minute, and another of many breakdowns in the Fire defense allowed Magee to dance through in the 74th to complete his hat trick. Throughout the afternoon the Galaxy would find ample space, linking up 340 of their 436 passes and bombarded Johnson with ten shots on goal in the lopsided victory.
Keane added another goal in the 80th minute. Michael Stephens whipped in a corner kick, and Omar Gonzalez headed the ball on to the captain. From close range the Irish international made no mistake, beating the hapless Johnson as Chicago allowed the Galaxy attack yet another prime opportunity. Magee would exit the pitch to an uproar soon after Keane set the final scoreline. Chicago, fighting to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, looked like there is plenty of work left to do if they are to remain in the top five of the table.
CHICAGO FIRE @ LOS ANGELES GALAXY
Home Depot Center
March 3, 2013
- 38′ — Mike Magee (Todd Dunivant)
- 68′ — Mike Magee (Robbie Keane)
- 74′ — Mike Magee (unassisted)
- 80′ — Robbie Keane (Omar Gonzalez, Michael Stephens)
- LA (4-4-2): Carlo Cudicini; Todd Dunivant, Omar Gonzalez, Leonardo, A.J. DeLaGarza; Colin Clark (Michael Stephens/67′), Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas (Rafael Garcia/82′), Sean Franklin; Mike Magee (Jack Bean/82′), Robbie Keane
- CHI (4-2-3-1): Sean Johnson; Gonzalo Segares, Austin Berry, Jalil Anibaba, Steven Kinney; Jeff Larentowicz, Joel Lindpere (Yazid Atouba/71′); Dilly Duka (Alex/57′), Chris Rolfe, Patrick Nyarko; Maicon Santos (Sherjill Macdonald/67′)