Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round 32
Each week, 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 = 12.6/19 ( +1.7 from last week)
ESPN FC (11)
“The Fire did what playoff teams should do, beating a last-place team like D.C. United. Jeff Larentowicz and Bakary Soumare staked the Fire to an early lead, and Sean Johnson made sure the lead stood up.”
A bit presumptuous, ESPN FC? We shall see…
Sports Illustrated (12)
“The Fire took care of business in D.C., with Sean Johnson standing on his head in goal and making eight saves to prevent United from coming up with what would have been a deflating upset. Up top, Juan Luis Anangono’s work rate and desire helped create opportunities for the Fire, which were eventually buried by Jeff Larentowicz and Bakary Soumare before Quincy Amarikwa finished off the 3-0 win.”
Aside from Sean J, La Pantera was the key to victory last Friday night. ¡Vamos joven!
Soccer America (13)
“The Fire duly downed D.C. United, 3-0, with goals by Bakary Soumare, Jeff Larentowicz and Quincy Amarikwa to stay in the playoff hunt. Sean Johnson’s monster game – nine saves, several of them superb – could portend a big playoff presence if Chicago can sneak in.”
Sean Johnson: Monster of the Midway
Seattle Times (13)
”Only team with two field players (Berry, Anibaba) to have played every minute of 2013.”
Congratulations, Seattle Times! You’ve uncovered what we complained about months ago.
Bleacher Report (13)
“To stay in the Eastern Conference playoff race, Chicago needed to take care of business against D.C. They did just that and then some in the nation’s capital as they took down the worst club in the league on Friday night by three goals. With three matches remaining, the Fire sit two points behind Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the East.”
“Sean Johnson’s nine saves helped the Fire ride out a D.C. storm and gather all three points in a win at RFK Stadium. In fact, we are probably only talking about Frank Klopas’ team as a possible post-season participant because of Johnson’s mighty effort.”
“Since May, the Fire have three shutouts. Two have been against D.C. United – this last time out against their reserves, more or less. Must-win Brimstone Cup encounter coming Saturday at Dallas.”