LA Galaxy's Mike Magee tries a new position out. The result: a shutout and Player of the Week honors.
For the first time in his career, Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee made an appearance as a goalkeeper. For the first time in his career, Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee has won MLS Player of the Week.
Magee was forced into goal after regular Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts exited the game due to a forearm injury and backup Josh Saunders was sent off due to an incident with San Jose Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart.
In stepped Magee, who had never played goalie. All he went on to do was shut the Earthquakes out, who had scored 14 goals in their previous eight games. Not to mention, this all occurred in San Jose.
Magee was the unanimous choice for Player of the Week.
“Mike Magee has been toiling in the wrong position for years,” said Zac Lee Rigg. “Given his chiseled jawline and glistening azure eyes, he should have been a model. Oh, or a goalkeeper.”
It is safe to say that Knowles Adkisson was just as impressed with those looks and his performance.
"Magee spent 50 minutes in goal, keeping a clean sheet against a professional soccer team despite NEVER having played the position—as in, not even when orange slices were the postgame reward," Adkisson said. "That’s cojones, homes."
Despite Alvaro Saborio's brace, Jeremy Horton too highlighted the versatility of Magee.
"With all due respect to my man Alvaro Saborio," said Horton, "I have to give it up for Mike Magee this week. When I heard he was in goal for LA, I turned on the game expecting to witness some carnage. Instead I got a solid five-save performance. MLS this year seems to be all about who can turn in a good shift while playing out of position - Mike Magee just raised the bar significantly."
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