The Fire's failure to qualify for the playoffs in 2013 didn't hurt Mike Magee after all. Some voters in the media felt that the Most Valuable Player in the league had to come from a playoff club and apparently switched their votes but that didn't stop the remaining voters from overwhelmingly supporting Magee as their choice. By winning the weighted total easily over LA's Robbie Keane, Magee easily outdistanced his nearest competitor for the award.
Here's the breakdown of the votes:
Player (Club) % of Club Votes of Media Votes % of Player Votes Weighted Total
Mike Magee (CHI) 34.69 37.33 26.79 98.81
Robbie Keane (LA) 22.45 24 12.11 58.56
Marco Di Vaio (MTL) 14.29 10.67 10.46 35.42
Tim Cahill (NY) 12.25 12 6.42 30.67
Magee had the best and most influential year overall and deserved to win the MVP award although a case could be made for Keane. The Fire boasted the top record in MLS after acquiring him from Los Angeles and that was no coincidence. Voters agreed.