Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee has landed a big raise in a reworked deal with the team.
Major League Soccer’s 2013 most valuable player will see his base salary jump from $185,000 last year to $335,000 according to figures released by the MLS Player’s Union.
Total guaranteed compensation more than doubles from a reported $191,666 to $417,500 for 2014.
On Friday, a club source confirmed that a new/reworked deal with Magee had been finalized but declined comment on the accuracy of the MLS Player’s Union numbers. Length and other teams of Magee’s new deal were not immediately available.
The new salary figures as cited on the union web site as of April 1 make Magee the highest-paid Fire player followed by defender Bakary Soumare ($370,000 total compensation), forward Patrick Nyarko ($284,000), goalkeeper Sean Johnson ($253,000) and midfielder Jeff Larentowicz ($251,000) and defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado ($210,000).
Johnson also made a big jump in salary with a $100,000 raise.
Earlier this year Fire officials had expressed a desire to rework Magee’s contract. The 29-year-old Chicago area native missed part of training camp in what some accounts described as a holdout although Magee denied he was sitting out for a new deal.
He was also plagued by a hamstring injury that forced him out of the season’s first two games. He has since played all 90 minutes in each of the last three games.
In 2013 Magee scored a career-high 21 goals last season — including 15 with the Fire. He collected his first goal of 2014 in last Sunday’s 2-2 tie with Philadelphias.
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