Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round 34

All gather round for the Panenka hug (photo:

All gather round for a Top Ten group hug! (photo:

Each week, OTF aggregates the power rankings and visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red…



Aggregate = 8.9/19 ( +2.2 from last week)

ESPN FC  (7)

“After missing a penalty several weeks ago against Montreal, Mike Magee made the most of a second chance, converting from the spot to give the Fire a 1-0 win over Toronto and put it on the cusp of a playoff spot.”

The Magic One channeled this guy on the PK winner:

The one and only Anton Panenka. (image:

The one and only Antonin Panenka (image:

Sports Illustrated (8)

“The Fire are quite alive heading into the final week of the season, and it is no surprise that the club has Mike Magee to thank for that. His Panenka penalty kick provided the difference in a 1-0 win over Toronto FC that has the club currently in fourth place in a muddled mess of an Eastern Conference. Simply put, a win in New York would seal the deal for Chicago, while anything else requires scoreboard watching and prayers.”

Get out your rosary beads or other preferred juju. Eat your vitamins too. (8)

“The stones on Mike Magee! How do you pull a Panenka in the middle of a playoff race after you missed your last PK? There should be a statue of the guy somewhere in Bridgeview if the Fire make the postseason.”


Seattle Times (8)

“MVP award might just go to Mike Magee (20 goals) if he gets the Fire in the postseason.”

Might? Will.

Soccer America (9)

“Mike Magee coolly chipped a penalty kick to down Toronto FC, 1-0, yet the Fire should have had more goals; Juan Luis Anangono hit the woodwork twice. Keeper Sean Johnson thwarted TFC with back-to-back saves for a third straight victory.”



Bleacher Report (9) 

“The one man who has propelled Chicago to fourth place in the East, Mike Magee, kept their playoff hopes alive with a 64th-minute strike against Toronto. Magee’s 20th goal of the season handed the Fire their third consecutive victory at this crucial juncture of the season. To avoid all the potential playoff clinching scenarios next week, the Fire need to take care of business against the Red Bulls, which is a big task given the recent form of the Supporters’ Shield leaders.”

It’s all so dramatic, isn’t it?

NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk (13)

“Mike Magee’s 20th came from the penalty spot, but it was calmly converted by the league MVP candidate and put Chicago closer to the playoffs in a 1-0 win over Toronto FC. Chicago is in (playoff position) at the moment, but the footing is quite dodgy; they may need a result at New York to stay there.”

I’ll tell you what’s not dodgy: #MikeMageeMVP


 We’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got
‘Cause it doesn’t make a difference
If we make it or not
We’ve got each other and that’s a lot
For love – we’ll give it a shot



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