Newly acquired midfielder Mike Magee trained with the Fire for the first time Monday since the Los Angeles Galaxy traded him to Chicago in exchange for the MLS rights to Robbie Rogers.
Magee, 28, grew up in Chicago and left the city when he was 15. Since then, he has been waiting for a chance to return to play in his hometown.
"It's been on my mind pretty much since I left," Magee said. "I tried to get back a couple of times in the past and I think throughout the process with Robbie Rogers, that whole saga with him trying to get to L.A., it just crept in my mind that somebody had to go to Chicago and I raised my hand."
Magee ranks second in the league with six goals, but three of his goals came in the opening game of the season against the Fire. He has won the MLS Cup the past two seasons with the Galaxy and is hoping to use that experience to help jumpstart a Fire team that is off to a surprisingly disappointing start to the 2013 season.
"We're trying to catch Philly who I believe is ten points ahead of us and we have two games in hand," Magee said. "So we've got to start getting some points. It's still a young season. Even watching the guys, they played well and things aren't going their way. Little finishes and they are getting punished for all their mistakes and that's sometimes how it goes, but we'll get it right."