Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round 13

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


Aggregate = 15.9/19 ( +0.7 from last week)

Soccer America (15)

“Chicago squeezed a point on the road at RSL with a Quincy Amarikwa equalizer that broke a 361-minute goalless streak; the tie ended a three-game losing streak. There’s hope for better, with recent arrivals Mike Magee and Bakary Soumare in the mix, yet the Fire is 10 points out of a playoff spot and its minus-10 goal difference is third-worst in MLS.”

Reality check. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch…

ESPN FC  (16)

“Give the front office credit. They’re not waiting around to see if the season gets better, securing Mike Magee and Bakary Soumare inside of a week. The latter took the field immediately as the Fire earned an impressive 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake.”

Got to give credit where it’s due. Funny how all those who complain about the front office and ownership have suddenly gone silent. Remind me, who is it that doesn’t care about the club? 

NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk (16)

“Mike Magee didn’t get into the 18 as Frank Klopas’ club lost another one, this time at Real Salt Lake. The Fire’s latest acquisition can only help.”

Wait, the Fire lost? Well, I guess old habits are hard to break when you’re not paying attention. (16)

“The Mike Magee trade worked out very nicely for the Fire, who traded a winger (redundant with Chris Rolfe, Dilly Duka and Patrick Nyarko already there) for a clever, in-the-box goalscorer. On paper, it’s an excellent bit of business, and on paper, Magee should be a perfect fit.”

Like a glove.

Sports Illustrated (16)

“The Fire received a Sean Johnson special, with the U.S. national team call-up coming up time and again in goal to keep his club in the game against RSL to earn a last-gasp point and snap a three-game scoring drought. With Bakary Soumare and Mike Magee now in the fold, Chicago has added two upgrades to its roster in areas of need. It should be primed for an uptick in performance.”

Prime. Your. Fire! Pump.

Bleacher Report (16) 

“Sean Johnson and Quincy Amarikwa shared the role of hero for the Fire in Utah on Saturday night. Johnson made eight saves, while Amarikwa scored an 84th-minute equalizer to hand Chicago plenty of positive momentum heading into the month of June.”

Positive momentum will truly arrive when Chicago follows up its third round U.S. Open Cup win at Charlotte Eagles with three points at home on Sunday vs. D.C. United. The proof, my friends, is in the MLS pudding.

Yahoo! Sports (16)

“Mike Magee can’t start scoring for Chicago soon enough. Earning a point when away to the likes of RSL isn’t going to cut it for the Fire at this point.”

“To the likes of RSL?” What the hell is that supposed to mean? A point on the road in Utah is a victory for a struggling club like the Fire. Another pundit not paying attention. Whatever.

 * and Soccer By Ives took a powder this week. Their rankings were not published in time for this post.

You know, we’re dealing with a very critical and crucial time…

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