Following an injury-laden nine months, the man they call ‘Magic Mike’ is closing in on a return to the pitch.
On Thursday, the Chicago Fire announced forward Mike Magee and midfielder Kingsley Bryce will be dispatched to USL affiliate Saint Louis FC - the former on a three-day loan - with head coach Frank Yallop confirming the news at Fire training.
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“He’s going to go play in St. Louis and get a game under his belt - about 60 minutes,” Yallop said. “We’ll see how he’s feeling for [next] Wednesday. [He] probably won’t be good for the D.C. game, but we’re hoping for the Orlando home game next Saturday.
The news marks the latest breakthrough in the Chicago native’s resurgence toward a MLS appearance for the Men in Red after hip and knee injuries in 2014 kept Magee out of contention since last September. Although he initially targeted his return in the Fire's Eastern Conference battle against the Montreal Impact on Saturday, Magee's return to MLS play will be put on ice for now.
Meanwhile, Bryce's loan will encompass a more prolonged period as Yallop intends for the former Saint Louis University Billiken to get an extended run of games. The Plano, Texas native made one start and logged five substitute appearances in the Men in Red's six preseason matches.
"This loan is a great opportunity for Kingsley to get meaningful games under his belt," Yallop added. "He's a young player and this move can only help him as he continues to develop."
Magee and Bryce represent the newest additions for the USL outfit, which has welcomed current loanees Alec Kann and Patrick Doody into its fold this season. The 2013 MLS MVP will feature in the club’s match against Louisville City FC Saturday night.