It is truly the end of an era at the Los Angeles Galaxy as Mike Magee, the Highlander of worthy note and a cult hero among LA Galaxy faithful, has retired from professional soccer. It is a long 14-year career full of 316 appearances, 70 goals, 38 assists, two MLS Cups (2011, 2012), two MLS Supporters’ Shield trophies (2010, 2011), MLS MVP (2013) and MLS Best XI (2013) honors while representing the New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire and LA Galaxy.
“I have been fortunate to enjoy an incredible 14-year career in Major League Soccer,” said Magee. “It has been an honor to represent the New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire and the LA Galaxy and to be a part of a league that continues to grow so rapidly in this country. I am extremely thankful to everyone that has supported, inspired and guided me on and off the field throughout my time as a professional. I look forward to the next step in this journey as a spend time with my family and friends.”
“Mike has been an incredible member and representative of the LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer as a whole,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “As a teammate and friend, I thank Mike for everything he has done for the city of Los Angeles and the sport of soccer in this country throughout his career. He will be greatly missed on the field and we wish him the best in the next stage of his career. He will always be a member of this club.”
Meanwhile, all of Bruce Arena’s former coaches are joining the USA Men’s National Team. You might say that the LA Galaxy’s second team…is actually the USMNT! Former Galaxy assistants Dave Sarachan, Pat Noonan, Kenny Arena and goalkeeper coach Matt Reis will be a part of Arena’s coaching staff and they will all be based out of U.S. Soccer’s offices at…the StubHub Center. Convenient, no? Definitely.
“The entire staff has a great amount of playing and coaching experience both at the international and professional level,” said Arena in a statement. “With the need to hit the ground running, it’s even more critical that we have a staff that knows the player pool, shares a philosophy on how we approach the game, and has knowledge and experience in the international arena. In different ways, this group ticks all those boxes, and we are already hard at work getting ready for the January Camp and the World Cup Qualifiers in March.”