Are Mike Magee and Chris Wondolowski MLS’s Best Strikers?

Chris Wondolowski

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Two of the most dangerous, prolific and tantalizing strikers, Chicago Fire‘s Mike Magee and San Jose Earthquakes Chris Wondolowski are two of the very best in the MLS. It has been quite a few seasons since the league has experienced two players of such a high caliber. Both Wondolowski and Magee are extremely talented and make opponent goalies sweat every time they step on the field.

Since coming into the league, Magee has tallied 57 goals and 28 assists in 11 seasons and Wondolowski has 79 goals and 17 assists over his 10 year career. This amount of production is not always seen when it comes to strikers in the MLS. This is not a dig against other top strikers in the league, but when it comes to being consistent performers, most lack the ability to perform each and every game.

Magee has never really be regarded as an elite striker until this past 2013 season. During his 2013 season, he tallied 21 goals and four assists. His transfer to the Fire from the LA Galaxy did come as quite a shock to many, but it turned out to be a terrific move for Chicago. It can be assumed that the Galaxy really missed Magee’s presence as they struggled offensively in the playoffs. Regardless of how successful Magee’s career has been, he has not been called-up to play for the US International squad yet. As puzzling as it may sound, especially when you consider that he has won two MLS Cups and the 2013 MLS MVP Award. Time will only tell, but Magee would love nothing more than to hear his phone ring and hear Jurgen Klinsmann on the other side of that call.

Like Magee, Wondolowski has also won the MLS MVP Award during his time in the league. Scoring goals has never been a problem for the San Jose striker. Statistically speaking, the 2013 was his second weakest performance since joining the Earthquakes back in 2009. Scoring only 11 goals and registering three assists, Wondo fans were a bit shocked at his low level of production, especially after his 27 goal performance in 2012. What is one thing he possess over the reigning MLS MVP though? Wondolowski has been called-up to the US National team before. Although he has not performed the greatest, his amount of production the past four seasons has finally paid off for him. Will we see him in Brazil next summer? Only time will tell on that one.

Baxter Colburn is a MLS Soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Baxstar20, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

 

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