Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Two

If you can't beat 'em, hack 'em (photo:

If you can’t beat ’em, hack ’em (photo:

Each week, OTF editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red…



Aggregate = 16.6/19 (+0.8 from last week) (16)

“Message sent to the vets, maybe? It certainly feels like there’s turmoil in Chicago, and that moves could be well in the making. That’s kind of overshadowing a well-earned point in Portland.”

Turmoil? C’mon now. That’s some fabricated b.s. if I’ve ever heard any. Bad and injured players don’t play; good, healthy, and young players with potential do play. Elementary stuff if you ask me.

ESPN FC  (16)

“Much better from the Fire, who won a deserved point at Portland. Questions persist whether Mike Magee and Frank Yallop are at odds over the player’s fitness, but it’s often the coach’s responsibility to protect players from a desire to return too soon.”

Fitness? C’mon Mikey, just rub a beef sandwich on it. Red Balls is comin’ to town. Time for revenge!

Seattle Times (16)

“Two ex-Sounders (Hurtado, Ianni) were part of a defense that couldn’t hold lead in Portland.”

It’s always got to be about the Sounders, even when it’s not about the Sounders.

Soccer America (16)

“The penalty kick he won in a 1-1 tie at Portland looked rather dubious, but forward Quincy Amarikwa, who scored a booming goal in the Fire’s 3-2 season-opening loss to Chivas USA, is relishing the confidence shown in him by head coach Frank Yallop. Jeff Larentowicz converted the penalty kick won by Amarikwa in the 19th minute. After making four lineup changes for the Timbers’ match, Yallop may need to re-tweak. U.S. U-20 international Benji Joya played 64 minutes in his first MLS start.”

Four lineup changes is correct. After losing to Chivas USA, Frank Yallop ain’t tweakin’, son.

Sports Illustrated (17)

“The Fire were not the best team in Portland, but a point in that environment is always welcome, regardless of the circumstances. The most vital moment was Quincy Amarikwa drawing a penalty by outsmarting veteran defender Norberto Paparatto.”


Soccer by Ives (17)

“The Fire deserve credit for toughing out a draw in Portland but they haven’t looked up to the test so far this year. Patrick Nyarko’s red card after coming on as a substitute doesn’t help the team at all.”

Can’t really argue with that.

Fansided (18)

“Jeff Larentowicz scored in the 19th minute for Frank Yallop’s Chicago Fire but they couldn’t hold on and settled for a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. Chicago return to action on March 23 when they host the New York Red Bulls at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET and will be televised by UniMas.



We, Jah people, can make it work
Come together and make it work, yeah! 


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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