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.