“Amos and I sat down on Monday both very concerned with the direction and form of the team,” stated Thunder President Manny Lagos. “We both decided that a change in leadership might help rejuvenate this group of players. Despite going winless for two months, we’re still very much in contention for a playoff position. Our goal of making the playoffs and competing for a championship remains the same despite the recent set backs."
The Thunder began the season with three consecutive wins at home but has since gone winless at the newly remodeled National Sports Center. The Thunder currently sit in last place with 17 points, four points out of the final playoff spot in the USL First Division.
Amos Magee’s Thunder coaching career started brightly with a 4-0 win over the defending USL Champion Seattle Sounders in 2006. However, the Thunder failed to secure a playoff spot in either the 2006 or 2007 seasons. Magee did, however, enjoy success at the international level, helping the United States to its first ever Maccabi Gold Medal in Men’s Soccer at the Pan-American games this January. The US avenged an earlier 3-0 defeat to Argentina by beating the hosts 2-0 in the Gold Medal game.
“Amos has been an integral part of the Thunder and has made outstanding contributions to this club. While I am disappointed that he was not able to help our club realize the high goals we all set,” said Thunder owner Dean Johnson, “he has always been first and foremost about the Thunder and we hope that together we will identify other ways for him to help our club grow and move forward.”
The Thunder has offered Magee a management role with the club but have yet to finalize the details.
The Thunder returns to action on Thursday, July 24th at 7:05PM at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN against 2007 USL Champion Seattle Sounders.