BRIDGEVIEW, IL - JULY 07: Mike Magee #9 of the Chicago Fire scores a first half goal against Sporting Kansas City during an MLS match at Toyota Park on July 7, 2013 in Bridgeview, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Updated: April 10, 2014 8:34PM
Mike Magee parlayed his 2013 MVP season into a lot of money.
The Fire announced that it signed Magee, 29, to a new contract Thursday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but according to data released by the MLS Players Union, Magee got a hefty raise.
Magee will receive $417,500 in 2014, according to the union’s numbers. That’s a sizable jump from last season, when Magee was paid $191,666.67 on his way to winning the league MVP award and helping pull the Fire to the brink of the playoffs after coming over from the Los Angeles Galaxy last May in a trade.
“As a kid, I would have paid to play for the Chicago Fire, so, as you can imagine, I’m beyond happy to have signed a new deal,” Magee said in a statement. “My only goal with this team is to win an MLS Cup.”
Magee’s contract status has been the subject of much speculation. In February, he was reported to be holding out from training camp for a new deal, though he and the team maintained he was absent for personal reasons.
The Fire later denied a national report that said he was going to become a designated player (not all of his salary would count against the cap in that scenario) but confirmed it was looking to sign Magee to a new deal.
“Getting Mike a new contract has been a priority for the club,” technical director Brian Bliss said in a release. “We’re pleased that we were able to work out a new deal early in the 2014 campaign.”
During the offseason, Bliss and coach Frank Yallop frequently spoke about the team’s tight cap situation. In efforts to become cap-compliant and increase its flexibility, the Fire dealt forward Chris Rolfe to D.C. United and 2012 rookie of the year Austin Berry to the Philadelphia Union, both for allocation money.
Based on players-union data, the Fire saved $326,994 with those moves.
According to the information released, Magee jumped from being the team’s 10th-highest-paid player to its best-paid. Defender Bakary Soumare is second at $370,000, and midfielder Patrick Nyarko is third at $284,000.
Magee scored 15 goals for the Fire last season but had to wait until Saturday against Philadelphia to connect for the first time in 2014.