Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round One

Without Sean John, the Men in Red may have been cellar dwellin' this week (photo:

Without Sean John, the Men in Red may have been cellar dwellin’ this week (photo:

Your one and only Fire power rankings aggregator is back! Each week, OTF visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red…



Aggregate = 17.4/19 (16)

“Most discouraging game of the week would probably go to Juan Luis Anangonó, who should have been ready to do work and live up to that DP contract. Instead he was totally lost and ineffective against a less-than-imposing Chivas backline.”

But it was hot outside guys, and the conditions were difficult. C’mon!

ESPN FC  (17)

“Chicago can take some solace in coming back from two goals down against Chivas USA, but the Fire’s defense had the strength of paper mache, whether it was losing battles, blown clearances, or poorly timed challenges.”

Full-size paper mache knight, coming soon to Toyota Park! (photo:

Full-size paper mache knight: Coming soon to Toyota Park! (photo:

Sports Illustrated (17)

“Chicago showed signs of life after going down two goals to Chivas USA. Benji Joya made an instant impact on his debut as a substitute, and fighting back to 2-2 in the second half was a positive reaction. Perhaps Chivas is tougher than it looks this year, but until we know for sure, this looks like a very bad loss.” 

It sure felt like a very bad loss.

Seattle Times (17)

“Continued production of Benji Joya offers some optimism after losing to lowly Chivas.”

Succinct and positive! Kinda.

Soccer America (18)

“Benji Joya and Quincy Amarikwa, whom Yallop had drafted during his stint in San Jose, came off the bench to score goals that wiped out a 2-0 deficit inflicted during a poor start to the second half. The ending wasn’t so good either, as Burling ran free to head home a corner kick. The new coach will need some time to work in the new pieces, yet some of the returnees – including keeper Sean Johnson, caught badly off-balance on the second goal – need shoring up as well.”

OTF just donated a case to the Fire training room. You're welcome. (photo:

OTF just donated a case to the Fire training room. You’re welcome. (photo:

Fansided (18)

“Despite goals from Benji Joya (64′) and Quincy Amarikwa (70′), no Mike Magee meant no victory from Frank Yallop’s Chicago Fire in their 3-2 defeat to Chivas USA at the StubHub Center. The road trip continues for the Fire when they travel to Portland and Providence Park to take on the Timbers on Mar. 16. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET and will be televised by UniMas.”

So matter of fact. Money Mike, wherefore art thou?

Soccer by Ives (19)

“New Fire head coach Frank Yallop might have been beaten by Chivas USA, but a promising performance by youngster Benji Joya, who scored shortly after coming on as a second-half substitute, should give Fire fans hope for the future.”

Help us Benji-wan-Joyabi. You’re our only hope?


Used to be my life was just emotions passing by
Then you came along and made me laugh and made me cry
You taught me why


Scott Fenwick founded On The Fire in 2012 and is its Editor-in-Chief. Scott co-hosts On The Fire Soccer Radio, and is America’s #1 Rapid supporter. Follow him @OnTheFire97


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