Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Two

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Each week OTF aggregates the power rankings to find out where the pundits place Chicago Fire in the MLS mix… 

HIT THE MUSIC! 

Round Two Aggregate = 18.4/19 (-4.6 from last week)

ESPN FC  (18) “Chicago’s revamped midfield has yet to mesh. Too much defensive responsibility falls to Jeff Larentowicz while Joel Lindpere looks to be struggling as the more advanced of the team’s two center mids.” That’s putting it lightly. Like Lindpere’s girlfriend says, he runs like an old man.

Goal.com (18) “Time to shop for a striker. It cannot wait until the summer.” I heard there’s a sale at J.C. Penney’s… 

Sports Illustrated (18) “Losing at L.A., the two-time defending MLS Cup champion, fine. Losing at home to New England is a little less forgivable. Being the first foe to visit Sporting Park to take on what is sure to be a SKC side hell bent on rectifying its early woes is not going to make life any easier. This 2012 playoff club has yet to score in two matches.” Lord have mercy.

MLSsoccer.com (18) “Sherjill MacDonald appears to have been benched. Replacement Maicon Santos hasn’t done much to keep the spot. Chris Rolfe came off injured. Arne Friedrich is in Berlin seeking treatment for his gimpy hamstring. Long story short: Things are bad – very bad – for the Fire right now.” All sunshine and rainbows, eh Matt Doyle?

Soccer America (19) “Chicago’s shutout loss at home to the Revs left them as the league’s only goalless and pointless team. A renovated midfield can take some of the blame but right now there’s bad karma: Arne Friedrich has gone back to Germany for treatment on his ailing hamstring and heavy pre-game snow cut the home-opener attendance to 13,242.” Well, I hope the rest of the world thinks it was the snow (that wasn’t there).

Bleacher Report (19) “Chicago’s disappointing start to the season continued on Saturday as they fell to the Revolution at home. While the Fire were able to get off four shots on goal, they failed to earn a corner kick in the loss. The road to the first victory of the season does not get any easier next week as the Fire have to visit Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.” For their sake, I hope the Section 8 On Tour buses bring extra reinforcements of booze.

NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk (19) “A real stinker against LA Galaxy (4-0 two weeks ago) is harder to write off after the Fire also blew its home opener, falling to New England last week at Toyota Park, 1-0. And now valuable defender Arne Friedrich is out for a few weeks. Yikes.” Question: Has Chicago Soul’s indoor season ended yet?

*Who did we miss? If you know of other weekly MLS power rankings, send ’em our way and we’ll add ’em to the mix! 

*Soccer by Ives & Fox Soccer did not publish their power rankings  in time for this post.

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