This Is The Los Angeles Galaxy: Mike Magee

This is Part Seven in a series of articles on the players that make up the 2010 Los Angeles Galaxy.

It's never easy being Mike Magee. Some things are not granted to you, like a chance at striking it rich in Europe, or getting past a season without nagging injuries. But as a soccer player, what can be granted is the opportunity to overcome those challenges and turn adversity into mental and physical toughness and make a success of it.

Magee's life is like the winds that swirl Chicago, where he was born on September 2, 1984. Unlike many players on the Galaxy-or MLS for that matter-he went through the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Fla. and graduated in 2001 after enrolling in 2000.

At the time, teams in Major League Soccer didn't have a youth academy in place. The Bradenton Academy, founded just over a decade ago in 1999, gives the best up-and-comers the chance to train in a professional environment.

A typical day for the student-athlete at Bra...

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