The Fire announced today that Mike Magee will be out of action for the next 6-8 months after undergoing hip surgery on Monday night. Magee has missed the last three games and hadn't played since a 1-0 loss in Montreal on August 16. He had been struggling with various injuries that seemed to stem from the hip problem for some time. After an MVP season in which he scored 15 goals in 22 games for the Fire in 2013, Magee has struggled to find that form this year, scoring only 7 times in 17 appearances this year. Three of those goals were from the penalty spot however, and one came as a result of a missed penalty.
With the expected recovery time expected to last into training camp and possibly the start of the 2015 season, the Fire will need to rethink their plans at the forward spot going into next season. With that in mind, the team also announced the signing of French striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle. The well traveled forward has been around since his career highlights playing for Liverpool in the '04-'05 Champion's League competition. His best club run came with Recreativo de Huelva in Spain's La Liga, scoring 22 goals in 68 games from 2006 to 2008.
He's since played for five different clubs and only managed 16 goals in 110 appearances. His last stop was with FC Rostov in the Russian Premier League. Sinama-Pongolle was brought into camp two weeks ago with an eye towards possibly signing him in January but lack of depth and the loss of Magee expedited that plan. According to an overseas report, his deal with the Fire is a short term contract with an option to extend for two more seasons past 2014.
Sinama-Pongolle scored the winning penalty kick and created Matt Fondy's rebound goal in a 2-1 reserve win over FC Dallas last Sunday. He will be added to the roster pending receipt of his P-1 visa and international transfer certificate.