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Mike Magee (soccer)
Magee's entry into MLS does not parallel many other players; after graduating from USSF's Bradenton Academy, he tried his luck in Europe, trying out for a number teams, including Ajax Amsterdam. But unable to get a contract, he came back to the US and entered the 2003 MLS SuperDraft, where the MetroStars traded the previous year's third overall selection, Brad Davis, to acquire Magee with the fourth overall pick.
With Metro coach Bob Bradley familiar with Magee from his youth soccer days, the youngster quickly stepped into the Metro lineup, and played every game of the 2003 season except the meaningless finale. He became the youngest player in team history to start a game and score a goal (both marks since bettered by Eddie Gaven). He scored seven goals, nearing the rookie record, which included a couple of dramatic game-winning and game-tying ones.
With the Metros signing a trio of foreign strikers before the 2004 season, Magee struggled for playing time early on. But he soon found a new niche as an attacking midfielder, as his skill on the ball, leadership, precise passing, and overall intelligence make him an important part of the Metro team. Magee ended up with three goals on the season.
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