Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round 31
Each week, OTF aggregates the power rankings and visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red…
HIT THE MUSIC!!!
Aggregate = 14.3/19 ( -0.3 from last week)
ESPN FC (13)
“As much as Magee and his 18 goals have meant to the Fire, [the] missed penalty could loom large. The Fire remains outside the playoff places, and just one of its last four games will be played at home.”
Is it finally time to start the 2013 Chicago Fire doomsday clock? Tick, tick, tick…
Soccer America (14)
“Two-goal scorer Mike Magee’s penalty kick off the crossbar took much blame for a 2-2 tie at home against Montreal, but Sean Johnson’ poor positioning greatly aided the Impact’s equalizer. After a run of 10 points in five games, the Fire has fizzled in the last five: one win, two ties, two losses.”
I don’t blame Magee or Johnson. I blame Klopas. His starting XI and tactics were incorrect given the scenario. Attack first when you need three points – especially at home.
Seattle Times (14)
“Mike Magee has been brilliant (18 goals), but will his missed PK cost them the playoffs?”
Jesus. Hello? Frank Klopas will cost them the playoffs.
Bleacher Report (14)
“Take a second to think where the Fire would be had they not traded for Mike Magee. Magee scored twice on Saturday night for Chicago, but their defense could not hold on for a full three points at home against Montreal. The draw left Frank Klopas’ side on the outside looking in at the Eastern Conference playoff race. A win would have put the Fire even on points with Philadelphia for the fifth and final playoff position.”
Relegation zone anyone? Oh, pardon me. This is soccer. This is MLS.
“Mike Magee scored twice (and remains well in the chase for Golden Boot), but you have to wonder if the one Magee missed will seriously undermine the club’s playoff hopes? Magee’s second-half miss from the penalty spot hung heavy on a 2-2 draw at home with Montreal. The Fire desperately needed all three points in that one.”
I’m not wondering about Mike Magee undermining anything but this club’s futility. On the other hand, I do wonder why Logan Pause started the match in center midfield with Rios, and why the club’s back line depth is so thin that Klopas started Jeff Larentowicz at center back.
“Crushing result to end a disappointing – and perhaps fatal – September. One win, three draws and two losses is simply not enough when you’re trying to fight your way up the ladder.”
More #RealTalk from Matt Doyle. The defibrillator’s out and charged.
Sports Illustrated (15)
“Chicago had its chances to put Montreal away, but a missed Mike Magee penalty kick and unfriendly woodwork allowed the Impact to stay alive, and the Fire ultimately conceded a heartbreaking equalizer that took two much-needed points off the table. Still just two points out of fifth place with a favorable schedule to close out the season, Chicago is now looking up at both New England and Columbus in the race to secure the Eastern Conference’s final playoff berth.”
Ugh. I’m plumb out of sarcastic wit at this point. See you next week, Avi Creditor.