Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round 17

It's all in Mr. Magic's wand...

It’s all in Mr. Magic’s wand…

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

HIT THE MUSIC!!!

 

Aggregate = 12.9/19 (+ 2.0 from two weeks ago)

Yahoo! Sports (10)

“Name an attacker who means more to his team right now than Mike Magee means to the Fire. Chicago robbed LA in that deal.”

Chicago Fire Soccer Club = Thievery Corporation? Heh, heh, heh.

Soccer by Ives (12)

“The slow and steady climb up the East standings and Power Rankings continues as Mike Magee keeps on racking up the goals. Keep an eye on Dilly Duka, who could be primed for a strong run after scoring a gratifying goal against his former team, the Columbus Crew.”

Ain’t about how fast I get there. Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side. It’s the climb.

Miley Cyrus. Deal with it.

NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk (13)

“Mike Magee’s arrival has been absolutely sensational; he has a goal in each of his first six matches, including four in league play and two in the U.S. Open Cup. The upswing in offense is helping ease the sting of Arne Friedrich’s retirement.”

Let’s ride!

Sports Illustrated (13)

“Arne Friedrich’s retirement is not all that shocking. The club has been prepared by trading for center back Bakary Soumare. With Friedrich’s salary off the books, the Fire will have some spending money freed up, which could make the in-form side (3-0-2 in its last five MLS matches and advanced to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals) a player down the stretch.”

Let’s do this!

ESPN FC  (13)

“Arne Friedrich announced his retirement, but two home wins inside of a week mean things are looking up. Mike Magee continued his torrid form, scoring in a 2-1 win over Columbus, and the sight of Joel Lindpere contributing is a boost.”

The Estonian Rocky returns! Yo, Sofia!

MLSsoccer.com (14)

“See, that last five is pretty, but we’re not really going to buy it until they beat a quality side. The Crew aren’t that at this point. And honestly, the most impressive result of the season for Chicago might be that come-from-behind 2-2 draw vs. Portland a couple of weeks back.”

Tough love.

Bleacher Report (14) 

“Mike Magee’s arrival in Chicago has done the same magic that Michael Jordan’s “Special Stuff” did to the ToonStars at halftime of the movie Space Jam. Magee scored yet another two goals for the Fire this week as his new club racked up six more points to put their season total at 18. Surprisingly enough, the Fire are now just five points away from the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.”

Hmm. Cartoons, eh? Let’s run with this idea: Chicago Fire Soccer Jam starring Magic Mike Magee and friends. Just think of the possibilities…

Soccer America (14)

“Magee scored in both of the Fire’s victories and is the hottest player in MLS with six goals in the last six games. Ex-Crew midfielder Dilly Duka tallied against his former team from a Joel Lindpere cross to tie up Columbus and another Lindpere serve produced Magee’s winner.”

You know what Magic Mike eats for dinner? Hot Crew Stew.

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 ‘Cause the magic went on the radio
and everybody said, “What a way to go!”
The moment he went on the air
it was plain to see a new phase was here!

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