Mike Magee Shouldn't Shoulder Blame for Chicago Fire's Tie vs. Montreal Impact

By Phil Naegely
Mike Magee
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After a 2-2 tie between the Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact, Mike Magee shouldered the blame for the Fire not coming away with three points. While I respect him for being a leader and saying it was his fault, it wasn’t Magee’s fault they didn’t come away with the win.

Magee did miss a penalty kick, but he scored the Fire’s only goals and was arguably the best player out there. Some people are saying Magee should be MVP this season, and I have no reason to disagree with them. Even without the MVP talk, Magee has remained humble and blamed himself as the sole reason why the Fire tied:

“We’ve got to put them away. I’ve got to bury that PK, and then the game’s over … Tonight’s on me.”

However, Magee was not involved in the game’s key play that took place in the 87th minute. A defensive clear from Jeff Larentowicz bounced off a teammate and bounced right to Montreal’s Maxim Tissot. He found the late equalizer. Larentowicz came to Magee’s defense post-game about Magee being the sole reason why they didn’t get a win, saying he was simply “being magnanimous”.

Magee tied the game at one and put the Fire up 2-1. He is one of the best MLS forwards and doesn’t need to be beating himself up. He just needs to practice extra hard on penalty kicks this week and keep on scoring. Simply put, Magee was not the reason why the Fire didn’t come away with three points against Montreal.

Phil Naegely is a soccer writer for Rant Sports. Like him on Facebook, Follow on twitter @PnaegelyRS, and add him on Google.

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