For Mike Magee, 2013 was a year to remember, from a change of teams to MLS Most Valuable Player. Now with the start of the New Year, 2014 brings an invitation for the first time to join the United States Men's National Team training camp.
While, a second Chicago Fire player, Goalkeeper Sean Johnson also received an invite to return back to the team training that will be from January 6 to February 1 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Both were selected by United States Men's National Team Coach Jürgen Klinsmann for the training lasting four-weeks.
Magee moved from the Los Angeles Galaxy to the Chicago Fire at the end of May. That's when the forward went on a scoring spree throughout the rest of the season for the Fire franchise that missed an opportunity of reaching the MLS soccer playoffs.
Magee went on winning the Most Valuable Player of Year scoring 21 goals on the season. but had 15 goals and four assists in 22 games with the Fire. He's been with the MLS for 11 years, earned his first career MLS All-Star nomination and was named to the 2013 MLS Fan XI. Plus, was named to his first career MLS Best XI.
Johnson has been with the Fire for four seasons as the goalkeeper. He's made 100 regular season appearances, earning 21 shutouts with a career record of 41-33-26.
Johnson's first international appearance on January 22, 2011 against Chile at the Home Depot Center. Then, he earned his first start for the United States National Team in a 0-0 draw with Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas on January 29, 2011. He's has four caps thus far and last summer in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, earned a shutout against Costa Rica 1-0 on July 16. In which, the U.S. went on to post a 1-0 shutout over Panama in the final.