Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round 29

Move on up! (photo: chicago-fire.com)

Move on up! (photo: chicago-fire.com)

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

HIT THE MUSIC!!!

Aggregate = 10.6/19 ( +1.7 from two weeks ago)

ESPN FC  (9)

“Playing catch-up for most of the season after a terrible start, the Fire finds itself among the playoff places thanks to a thrilling 3-2 win over New England. Juan Luis Anangono is delivering the kind of physical forward play needed.”

Latter point seconded. Put that man in the starting XI and let him throw his big body around. May the box-crashing commence!

Seattle Times (9)

“Has the league’s best win pct. when leading at the half (.917) and losing at the half (.417).”

And odd, yet fascinating stat. The moral of the story, no doubt, is to lead at the half.

Soccer America (9)

“While not as spectacular as that of a few other teams, the Fire’s 5-2-3 record in the past 10 games has pushed it into the playoff picture. It came back twice to beat the Revs, 3-2, with goals by Juan Luis Anangano, Mike Magee (of course), and substitute Alex, who scored the winner just three minutes after entering the match.”

Spectacular? No. Able? Yes. Onward and upward! Let’s ride!

MLSsoccer.com (10)

“Sometimes you get the breaks. The Fire got a couple against the Revs, and in the process finally climbed above that red line into a playoff spot.” 

Once again, a bit of tough love from Matthew Doyle. He must listen to OTF Radio

Bleacher Report (12) 

“The Fire had the most dramatic week of any club in the league. After a midweek draw with Toronto put their backs against the wall in the playoff race, Frank Klopas’ club responded with a win over New England on Saturday. One of the three goals against the Revolution came from the feet of Mike Magee, who still sits two goals behind Marco Di Vaio in the Golden Boot race.” 

Temporary relief indeed, but their backs are still against the wall as a mere tiebreaker has the Men in Red in the playoffs right now.

Sports Illustrated (12)

“Chicago completed the long ascension back into the playoff places with a four-point week that included a draw at Toronto and a win over New England. Alex came off the bench to immediately play hero, as he scored the game-winning goal in the waning minutes after Chicago twice came back from a goal down at home against a game New England side.”

Dear Fire: Ascend, and don’t look down.

NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk (13)

“A road draw at Toronto and a late win at home against New England keeps Chicago’s clock ticking in the playoff race. Mike Magee struck No. 16 for the year, but remains two goals behind Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio for league leadership.”

Lucky number 13? Steve Davis has little to no faith in the Fire. Objectively, it’s a toss-up whether the Men in Red are truly better than the Union and the Revs though. Time will tell us soon enough…

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Just move on up to a greater day
With just a little faith you can put your mind to it
You can surely do it

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