Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round 33

El poder de La Pantera! (photo:

El poder de La Pantera! (photo:

Each week, OTF aggregates the power rankings and visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red…


Aggregate = 11.1/19 ( +1.5 from last week)

ESPN FC  (10)

“You know it’s your year when you’re deflecting shots in off your chest. So it goes for Mike Magee, whose goal proved critical against Dallas, and edged the Fire back into the fifth and final playoff spot. Two games remain against Toronto and New York.”

¡El año de Magia Miguel!

Sports Illustrated (10)

“The Fire raced out to a 3-0 lead in Dallas before holding on for a valuable 3-2 victory. Mike Magee’s MVP candidacy grew with his goal and assist, and he is now level with Marco Di Vaio atop the Golden Boot standings. Winners of two straight, the Fire are barely in fifth place and could use three points from their clash with Toronto FC to potentially ease some of the pressure off their season finale against Supporters’ Shield hopeful New York.”

Dear MLS, Mike's a 9. (photo:

Dear MLS, Mike’s a 9. (photo: (11)

“Held on for dear life at the end there, and are once again above the red line. Got to get three points vs. TFC, then it probably all comes down to the final matchday trip to New York.”

Say it ain’t so Matt Doyle. Say it ain’t so. Allez L’Impact! C’mon Crew!

Seattle Times (11)

“Mike Magee took a share of scoring lead when a teammate’s shot bounced off him and in.”

Mikey’s taking Alex out for churrasco this week. Muito gostoso!

Soccer America (12)

“Another MVP-worthy performance by Mike Magee and another crucial Fire victory, 3-2 at Dallas, nudged it into fifth place. Magee’s corner kick floated for Juan Luis Anangono to head home, and he scored his 19th goal of the season somewhat inadvertently when Alex’s shot bounced into the net off his shoulder. Jalil Anibaba’s first goal of the season turned out to be the winner.”

At this point, a nudge is all it takes to get a shot at MLS glory.

Bleacher Report (12) 

“A trio of goals in the first 52 minutes against FC Dallas propelled the Fire to their 13th victory of the season. More importantly, the victory shot Frank Klopas’ side back up to fifth place in the East. With no room for error left, the Fire will need to earn three points against Toronto on Saturday to ensure their playoff safety for another week.”

Lucky 13!

NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk (12)

“Mike Magee had a goal and an assist, climbing back alongside Marco Di Vaio for league scoring leadership. (And possibly restoring some league MVP talk for Magee?) More importantly to the club, his contributions were huge in a 3-2 road win at Dallas that greatly boosts the Fire’s playoff chances.”

In 2013 it'll be Magee's, sponsored by Al's Beef. (photo:

In 2013 it’ll be Magee’s, sponsored by Al’s Beef. (photo:


Workin’ hard to get my fill
Everybody wants a thrill
Payin’ anything to roll the dice
Just one more time
Some will win
Some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on



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