Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round 19
Each week, OTF aggregates the power rankings and visits with the MLS pundits to see what they say about our Chicago Fire…
HIT THE MUSIC!!!
Aggregate = 13.5/19 ( -0.9 from last week)
Yahoo! Sports (13)
“I think the Fire were the better side in both of their games that occurred this past week. When you give up two goals in the first eight minutes of a match as Chicago did against KC on Sunday, however, you don’t deserve the three points.”
How charitable. Not sure I agree if the Fire were the better side last Sunday. Mike Magee surely wouldn’t.
“Mike Magee straddled the line between proper prodding and outlandish critiquing in the wake of the 2-1 home defeat to Sporting Kansas City. But his recent form and his vast influence on the Fire since his arrival grants him plenty of latitude to speak his mind.”
If “outlandish” means honest, forthright, and passionate, then let him be outlandish.
Soccer by Ives (13)
Mum was the word for Ives’s bottom nine this week. I guess you’ve got to be in playoff position to be worthy of the Turk’s prose. MOTIVATION!
ESPN FC (13)
“The Fire managed to overcome an early deficit in a 3-2 midweek win against San Jose but couldn’t find a way back against SKC despite another goal from Mike Magee. That said, Frank Klopas’ side appears to be heading in the right direction.”
Yes, but not in this week’s Power Rankings unfortunately. *Sigh*
“Magical comeback midweek had some of the starch taken out of it by the fairly listless weekend loss against Sporting. The run had to end at some point, but they’ll be hard pressed to get anything at all out of Vancouver on Sunday.”
Another cold shower from the boys at the home office. *double sigh*
Soccer America (14)
“The Fire split a pair of home games. Chris Rolfe scored the winner to beat San Jose, 3-2, from an assist by Mike Magee, who scored its only goal in a 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City that ended a six-game unbeaten streak.”
Very matter of fact.
“‘Magic Mike’ is up to 11 goals (tied for league lead) with another strike Sunday at Toyota Park. If the Fire climbs into the playoffs, is Magee the league’s MVP?
MVP! MIKE MAGEE! MVP! MIKE MAGEE! MVP! MIKE MAGEE!
Bleacher Report (15)
“Chicago suffered their first defeat in the Mike Magee era on Sunday at home to Sporting Kansas City. While the Fire did lose that match, the man who has become the spark plug to their entire season did score his league-leading 11th goal. Frank Klopas’ squad will look to get back on track in Vancouver on Sunday.”
Who’s the man with the master plan? MAGIC MIKE. MAGIC MIKE.
*NOTE: Avi Creditor and Sports Illustrated took a time out from the power rankings game this week.