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Fire re-signs MVP Mike Magee

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CHICAGO (April 10, 2014) – TheChicago Fire Soccer Club announced Thursday that the club has re-signedreigning MLS MVP Mike Magee to a new contract. Per league and team policy,terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Mike is a proven winner," said Chicago Fire Head Coach and Directorof Soccer Frank Yallop. "He has shown throughout his time in Chicago and in MLSthat he can score goals and consistently perform at the highest level. Mike hasearned this new contract and we're happy that we were able to reach a newdeal."

Yallopwill be available to media via conference call on Friday, April 11 at noon CT.Media can access the conference call by calling (605) 475-6700 and entering theaccess code 849-1140. 

Magee returned to his hometown Fire in a trade on May 25, 2013from the LA Galaxy. In 22 games with the Men in Red last season, Magee scored15 goals and tallied four assists. Prior to joining the Fire, Magee scored sixgoals with the LA Galaxy, bringing his season total to 21 goals, just one shyof Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Camilo Sanvezzo, the 2013 MLS Golden Bootwinner. Magee's previous season-high was seven goals scored in his 2003 rookieseason with the MetroStars.

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

The twelve-year MLS veteran earned his first MLS All-Starnomination when he was named to the 2013 MLS All-Star Fan XI and faced ItalianSerie A side AS Roma in July. Magee was also named to his first career MLS BestXI and on Dec. 5, 2013, the Chicago native became the first player in Firehistory to win the MLS MVP award.

"Getting Mike a new contract has been a priority for the club,"said Fire Technical Director Brian Bliss. "We're pleased that we were able towork out a new deal early in the 2014 campaign."

After missing the first two matches of the 2014 season whilerehabilitating a hamstring strain, Magee returned to the lineup on March 23,and has scored one goal and tallied one assist in three matches.

Unbeaten in their last four matches, the Fire next take on theMontreal Impact at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec on Saturday, April 12 at3:00 p.m. CT (My50/TWCSC Wisconsin/La Ley).

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club willnext return to Toyota Park when they host a doubleheader with the NationalWomen's Soccer League side Chicago Red Stars at Toyota Park on Saturday, April19. The Fire will kick off against the New England Revolution at 3 p.m. CT (NBCSports Network), followed by the Red Stars vs. Western New York Flash match at5:45 p.m. CT. The first 5,000 fans attending the Fire match will be given aspecial commemorative Fire scarf. Alltickets purchased for the Fire vs. Revolution match will also include acomplimentary, General Admission ticket for the Red Stars game. Single game tickets for Fire matches are available via Ticketmaster and www.Chicago-Fire.com.

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