Magee named MVP finalist, Forbes lists Fire as 8th most valuable MLS franchise

MLS has named Mike Magee as one of the three finalists for the league's Most Valuable Player award. Voters made up of three categories (players, clubs, and media) determined that trio of Magee, Marco Di Vaio, and Robbie Keane were the top candidates for the honor. The winner will be announced on December 5, two days before the MLS Cup Final.

Magee isn't the only Fire player up for an award. Jalil Anibaba is also a finalist for the Individual Fair Play award.

MLS club values

Back in 2008 Forbes ran a piece taking a stab at estimating the value, revenue, and operating expense for each MLS club. The Los Angeles Galaxy were ranked #1 overall and the Fire were ranked third in terms of club "value". Five years ago the Fire were estimated to be worth $41 million with revenue at $16 million, and a -$3.1 million operating expense.

Forbes has finally taken another run at establishing MLS team values and the Fire have dropped to the eighth overall spot although the club's "value" has increased considerably to $102 million. Revenue has also increased to $24.5 million but operating expense is still estimated to be hovering around -$3.2 million. The actual number purportedly has been significantly higher in recent years.

It's important to remember that these are estimates based on information Forbes has been able to piece together. The chances of wrangling actual numbers out of MLS are about as good as the Cubs winning the next five World Series' considering that we can't even get clarification on roster rules and salary cap changes from the league. Regardless, team values are expected to increase again after the latest round of expansion and new television deals are in place following the 2014 season.


  • MLS clubs have a deadline of November 26 to decide the futures of players currently under contract. That being said, training stints at Atletico Madrid for Dilly Duka and Victor Pineda may indicate that decisions have already been made on those two players. 
  • Orlando City SC has been announced as MLS club #21 and they're already setting expectations high. The club's owner says they will be in pursuit of a major Designated Player and admits to talking with Kaka.
  • Former Fire forward Josh Wolff has joined the Columbus Crew coaching staff.

Filed under: 2013 Post Season

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  • So if Orlando City get Kaka does that mean no scarf-eating from you?

  • In reply to c0quito18: diet will be permanently scarf free.

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    OC gets Kaka, Chicago will counter by signing Mayer Candelo from Millionarios

  • In reply to waam:

    Yep, that's about how it would go... had to resort to the wikinet for that one!

  • Or they could bring a familiar face back from Greece like they did with Segares:

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    *Insert comment about family issues and Grazzini now playing/residing in Greece*

  • Frank Yallop town hall meeting for season ticket holders on December 14......

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    There'll also be a locker room sale. Being that I'm a veteran of a couple of these myself, I think I may finally pick up a game-worn Rafael Robayo jersey. Or a genuine Federico Puppo shirt. I think they sold all of the Frankowski shirts last year though.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    I deeply regret that I didn't have the funds last year to pick up the only "Thompson - #2" game worn jersey in existence. Had it in my hands and everything.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    I think I may treat myself to either a Nery Castillo shirt or the ever elusive Grazzini jersey. I've learned my lesson trying to buy old Fire player's shirts off the internets/ebay. Always go for the sure thing.

    PS - That guy that never delivered the Freddie Ljungberg shirt will have a special place in hell. How dare he/she not allow me the satisfaction of wearing a Ljungberg Fire jersey for longer than he did?!

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    I heard there was a player that's European move fell through just recently.

  • In reply to waam:

    I also heard Messi is looking for a team. That would be scarf smorgasborg!

  • Complete 2014 MLS schedule will be released today.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Already working on talking the wife into a trip to Portland to watch the Fire take on the Timbers. A weekend fixture would be ideal. They have In-N-Out in Portland, right?

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    No time for the old in-out love. I've just come to read the meter.

  • The Fire have announced that they are not picking up the option on Egidio Arevalo Rios and they have waived Paolo Tornaghi.

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