Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Eight

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Each week, OTF aggregates the power rankings and visits with the MLS pundits to see what they say about our Chicago Fire… 


Aggregate = 15.3/19 (+2.2 from last week)

Soccer by Ives (14)

“Don’t look now but the Fire are making a strong climb up the rankings on the backs of a solid run of performances. They have won two of three, and their loss was a good showing at Houston. The defense needed a shutout badly to instill some confidence after a rough start to the season, and while the team still clearly misses Arne Friedrich, and still need a go-to striker, the Fire are starting to look more like a playoff team.”

Oh, I will look now Ives. FIRE!

Sports Illustrated (14)

“Chicago keeps building after its horrid start. Larentowicz provided the winner in a conference clash with Columbus. That makes it two wins in three matches (and three solid showings in all games). The seat under manager Frank Klopas is considerably cooler.”

And the seats at Toyota Park are getting warmer! They just have to be filled now…

ESPN FC  (15)

“After peppering the Columbus goal for practically the entire match, Jeff Larentowicz’s late tally gave the Fire the win it deserved against the Crew. Patrick Nyarko was lively for the hosts and on another night might have had multiple assists.”

If not for the Hebrew Hammer playing out of his mind, the C-bus match could’ve been 3 or 4-0. FIRE! FIRE! (15)

“On a night when the Fire generated plenty of opportunities against Columbus, Jeff Larentowicz scored the goal. It gave Frank Klopas’ side the victory it sought and underscored the continued problems in front of goal.”

Hmm. Maybe. One thing’s for sure though: Sherjll MacDonald instantly becomes drunk or impotent when given a scoring opportunity. He either falls down or hits it like a ten year-old. Or both.

Soccer America (15)

“Midfielder Jeff Larentowicz headed home a flicked throw-in to score his first goal for Chicago in its 1-0 defeat of Columbus.”

Yes. Yes Big Red did. Credit to Jalil Anibaba for the manly throw-in that set up the goal. Young Jalil’s throw-in prowess has led to two Fire goals this season. FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!

Bleacher Report (16) 

“After a dull first half at home against the Crew, Chicago burst forward in attack in the second half and eventually scored the game-winner through Jeff Larentowicz in the 83rd minute. The goal was the first in a Fire uniform for Larentowicz, who came to the Windy City from the Colorado Rapids in the offseason. Frank Klopas and company will look to win their third game of April next week when they visit Stade Saputo to play the Montreal Impact.”

After a long wait, it’s sure nice to read the words “burst forward in attack” and “Chicago” in the same sentence. FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!

NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk (16)

“Jeff Larentowicz to the rescue! His late game-winner on Saturday is all that stands between the Fire and an even more mediocre home record. Frank Klopas’ team is 2-2 at Toyota Park this year.”

Big Red = EST (Emergency Soccer Technician) (17)

“Starting to come to life a little bit, and they could have won by multiple goals against the Crew. Should have, really – which tells some of the story as to why they’re this low in the first place. The Fire still don’t have a consistent goalscorer, and it’s going to be very, very difficult to climb in the standings without one.”

Um, what about Gruenebaum playing out of his mind? Is somebody over in the New York office not paying attention? Hmm?


4 thoughts on “Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Eight

  1. I liked what I saw this week. The side seems to be improving incrementally each week. Patrick Nyarko caught my imagination in this match. He stepped it up a notch – and I liked how he made the challenges that had been previously nonexistent in all the previous matches.

    He might not have scored but his presence seemed to have made a difference in this one. Well done lads!

    • Yes indeed Coach Bob. It was evident from the start that Nyarko was determined to win. He had a spark, a drive to him. I could see it, even feel it up in the press box. Bravo Patty!

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