LA Galaxy sign Mike Magee and Emmanuel Boateng, trade pick for allocation money

January 14, 2016

The Los Angeles Galaxy welcomed back an old friend today, signing free-agent forward and popular former Galaxy player Mike Magee, the club announced. Magee, who was a two-time MLS Cup winner with the Galaxy playing for the club from 2009-2013, returns after three seasons with the Chicago Fire.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Mike has shown that he is one of the most versatile and effective players in our league,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “He is familiar with our club and will be a key part of our team on and off the field. We look forward to Mike joining to our roster.”

Magee’s first stint in LA ended when he was traded to his hometown Chicago Fire in exchange for Robbie Rogers on May 25, 2013. Magee will now join the Galaxy roster with Rogers, who signed a contract extension earlier this week.

When healthy, Magee is a proven goal scorer.  A 13-year MLS veteran, Magee has scored 64 goals and added 34 assists in 286 appearances throughout his career. The veteran has played for the New York Red Bulls, the LA Galaxy, and the Chicago Fire.

In 2013, he enjoyed the most successful year of his career, scoring 21 goals and adding seven assists during the regular season en route to being named the 2013 Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player.

During his first stint with the Galaxy, Magee thrived in his role as a substitute, providing the team with instant offense off the bench.  Magee scored 19 goals and added 11 assists overall for the Galaxy in the regular season, and also scored eight goals in just 17 appearances in the playoffs.

In 2011, Magee scored the game-winning goals in the MLS Conference Semifinals and the Western Conference Championship, propelling the club to the 2011 MLS Cup, in which he played all 90 minutes. That season, the Galaxy were 8-0-1 in all competitions when Magee scored a goal.

The former MVP originally joined Major League Soccer when he was drafted by the New York MetroStars, now New York Red Bulls, with the fourth overall pick in the 2003 SuperDraft by former head coach Bob Bradley.

Internationally, Magee earned his first call up into senior National Team camp. He was most recently called by USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinnsman to participate in the 2014 edition of the annual January camp.

Galaxy Acquire Targeted Allocation Money for 2016 MLS SuperDraft Selection

The LA Galaxy acquired targeted allocation money from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for the 12th selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, the club announced.

The move should help alleviate some of the the team's salary concerns, as the Galaxy are reportedly looking to add another high-profile international player to its roster in Ashley Cole.

Targeted Allocation Money, an initiative announced last year to allow teams to invest further in their roster outside the player budget,  may be used in four ways:

  • Clubs may use the funds to sign a new player provided his salary and acquisition costs are more than the maximum salary budget.
  • Clubs may re-sign an existing player provided he is earning more than the maximum salary budget. 
  • Clubs may buy down the budget charge of an existing Designated Player (no longer making that player a DP) provided the club concurrently signs a new Designated Player at an investment equal to or greater than the player he is replacing.
  • Clubs may trade their Targeted Allocation Money to another club.

Galaxy sign forward Emmanuel Boateng

The LA Galaxy have signed forward Emmanuel Boateng, the club announced. The Ghanaian, who joins after featuring for Helsingborgs IF in Sweden, will be added to the Galaxy’s roster as an International pending P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Boateng played extensively in the Southern California area during his teenage years.

“Emmanuel is a talented, young, attacking player who will add valuable depth to our offense,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “He will continue to develop as a player and we are excited to add him to our roster.”

Born in Accra, Ghana, Boateng joined an African soccer developmental program, the Right to Dream Academy, and went on to earn a scholarship at the age of 15 to Cate School, a boarding school in Carpinteria, California. During his time at the Cate School, Boateng featured for local club sides Santa Barbara Soccer Club and South Coast Strikers. In 2011, he was named MVP of the prestigious Milk Cup, an international youth soccer tournament featuring the world’s brightest young talent.

While at the Cate School, Boateng won honors as the 2012 Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year, given to the top high-school soccer player in the United States. He was also named the CIF Southern Division 7 Player of the Year in both 2011 and 2012, leading his team to a 42-2-1 record  and CIF Southern Division 7 Championships in both years.

In his final season at Cate School, the Ghanaian scored 32 goals and added 19 assists. Boateng was a dual-sport star, featuring in track and reaching the quarterfinals in the 100 and 200 meters in the 2011 CIF Southern Division.

Boateng skipped his senior year at Cate School to attend University of California, Santa Barbara, where he made an immediate impact as a freshman, scoring four goals. That year, he earned honors as Big West’s Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Big West.

After playing for Ventura County Fusion in the PDL during the summer of 2013, Boateng signed his first professional contract with Helsingborgs IF of Allsvenskan, Sweden’s top-flight professional division. Since 2013, he has made 37 appearances, scoring four goals.

Galaxy News and Notes

The LA Galaxy were recognized by Major League Soccer with three 2015 MLS Club and Executive Awards, recognizing individuals and clubs for outstanding contributions off the field during the 2015 season. The Galaxy won honors as the Marisa Colaiano Community Relations Department of the Year presented by MLS WORKS, Club Retailer of the Year, and Marketing Team of the Year.

By Staff of and news services

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