I’d never really spoken to Mike Magee before when he was with New York, but after he converted two penalty kicks Saturday in the Pan-Pacific alleged Championship and appears likely to make the roster I figured I should get acquainted:
Question: What did you think of the team’s performance tonight compared to Wednesday?
Answer: I thought it was a little more inconsistent today. Last game we were pretty solid across the board and I think today our legs kind of showed a little bit. Some guys were a little bit heavy. They started maybe five or six new guys and I think we only started three, so that kind of showed. I thought we were a little bit inconsistent and that has a lot to do with Wednesday’s game. I thought in the second half we picked it up a little bit and we gave ourselves the chance to win the game.
I thought Wednesday we were a little bit better. I think maybe in the final third today and Wednesday we were a little bit off. Our crossing, our finishing, our through balls were a little bit off.
Q: How is your comfort level?
A: It’s getting there. Fitness has been a little bit of a problem for me the last couple of years, but I’m finally getting fit, y’know. … The guys are great. Bruce is an incredible coach. I’ve been welcomed with open arms. I couldn’t think of a better place to be.
Q: Was Arena a big reason for you coming here?
A: Bruce is great. I’m not sure why New York didn’t work out for him. But he’s a great manager, a great coach. He’s a great man and he’s definitely righting the ship here in L.A., I believe.
My contract had expired in New York and things weren’t going as well as I would have liked there. And I needed a fresh change and Bruce expressed some interest in me and I told him if he could get me here I’d love to be here.
Q: How does Bruce seeing you contributing to the team?
A: He saw me as a kind of versatile player. He knows I like being by the goal – I’m not too defensive-minded. Obviously, I’ll put in the work like anybody else, but he said he was going to try me at forward, or play me in midfield, wherever the team needs me at the time or wherever he feels I am at the time. Last year I was healthy on and off and he didn’t really have too much to judge from last year. He was, more or less, taking it from the couple of weeks we had in New York.
Q: How did you guys view the Galaxy last year?
A: Whenever you guys came to us there were about 65,000 people in the stands cheering for you guys so, we didn’t like you guys too much.