Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Twelve

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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 Smoke… 



Aggregate = 16.6/19 ( +0.4 from last week)

ESPN FC  (16)

“Pressure is mounting again for the Fire after extending its losing streak to three against the Union. Much has been made of defender Arne Friedrich’s absence, but after getting shut out for the sixth time in 10 games, offense has been a bigger problem.”

Wow. How understated.

Soccer America (16)

“The Fire was blanked by Philly, 1-0, for the second straight week and has scored just two goals in the last five games.”

The sad, sorry facts laid bare. (16)

“A pair of narrow defeats to Philadelphia merely underscores the lack of firepower at Frank Klopas’ disposal right now. Not even Arne Friedrich can cure that problem.”

Frank Klopas should do better with the team HE built. Period.

NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk (16)

“If it weren’t for Ben Olsen at D.C. United, Chicago’s Frank Klopas would be the MLS coach in hottest water.”

See, now we’re getting somewhere… (16)

“‘Wait,’ you’re saying, ‘how in the name of all things holy can the Fire move up after that performance?’ It’s befuddling to us as well, but this is what it comes down to: The Fire aren’t getting stomped, just beaten. The teams below them, on the other hand, have largely been roadkill.”

Great, so we’re the best of the worst. Yay.

Soccer by Ives (17)

“Winless in six, the Fire are losing close matches, but not playing all that badly. It is clear they are in dire need of one or two players to push them over the top, but when will those players arrive (if at all)? Bakary Soumare helped shut them out in consecutive weekends, which should help the Fire figure out whether he’s a player they want to bring in. While Soumare could definitely help, what the Fire continue to need is a goal-scoring forward.”

I just don’t buy this “they’re not playing all that badly” trope I’ve been hearing for a month now. They’ve been shutout three games in a row and continue to make the same catastrophic errors over and again that cost them results. Either these folks aren’t paying attention or I’m losing my mind. Perhaps it’s both. I dunno.

Sports Illustrated (17)

“It was deja vu for the Fire, who saw Sebastian Le Toux and McInerney hook up for yet another goal and saw goalkeeper Zac MacMath come up big when he was seriously called upon in a 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union. The attacking progress that Chicago had made appears to have been stunted, and the club, which is tied with D.C. for a league-worst six goals, may need to either look around the league for a trade option.”

Ha. Sorry, but they’ll get fleeced right now. Who’s going to want the Fire’s expensive underperformers? The summer window’s our only hope. It’s more like deja poo if you ask me.

Bleacher Report (17) 

“For the second consecutive week, the Fire lost to Philadelphia. This weekend, Chicago dropped points at PPL Park after conceding a goal in the third minute. Frank Klopas’ club have now lost four of their last five matches.”

But guys, there’s so much more to say!

Yahoo! Sports (18)

“The Fire have been shut out in six of ten MLS league contests this season. Only DC (-14) have a worse goal difference than do Chicago (-10).”

Alright! More fun facts!

 Now Scott with a slingshot finally found a tender spot, and throws his lover in the sand.
And some bloodshot forget-me-not said daddy’s within earshot, save the buckshot, turn up the band.

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