Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round 20
Each week, OTF aggregates the power rankings and visits with the MLS pundits to see what they say about our Chicago Fire…
HIT THE MUSIC!!!
Aggregate = 14.1/19 ( -0.6 from last week)
Sports Illustrated (13)
“Mike Magee called out his Fire teammates after last week’s disappointing showing against Sporting Kansas City, and while that seemed to have reinvigorated his side for a half in Vancouver, the wheels fell off on the back line, as shoddy defending allowed the Whitecaps to walk away with a victory. Magee looked as dangerous as usual for Chicago, but he failed to factor into a goal for the first time since coming over in a trade with LA.”
The cynic in me says the ‘Caps lured the Fire in during the first half and gave them a false sense of confidence. After Chicago got hustled, Rennie’s boys turned on the afterburners in the second half and it was bombs away.
ESPN FC (13)
“The Fire will look back on its loss at Vancouver and think about what might have been. With the score 0-0, Chicago had several chances to break on top but squandered them all. The team was ultimately punished by an in-form Vancouver.”
And charitably, you kept them at #13. Cheers.
“Here’s Dilly Duka’s map of completed passes in the first half. And here’s his map in the second half. He’s been great lately, but was abysmal after the break on Sunday, and the Fire tanked. Other teams in contention can afford to have one guy have a bad day, but Chicago have little room for error.”
OPTA chalkboards in the power rankings? Yessir Matt Doyle. Yessir.
Soccer America (14)
“After winning four games during a six-game unbeaten streak, the Fire lost its second straight game and is eight points out of a playoff spot. Patrick Nyarko headed home Joel Lindpere’s cross in stoppage time to avert a shutout in Vancouver.”
*shrugging my shoulders, throwing my arms in the air*
“Mike Magee has gone so far towards solving the Fire’s attacking issues – but Frank Klopas’ team isn’t going anywhere until the defense gets better. Latest evidence: Sunday’s 3-1 loss at Vancouver.”
Yahoo! Sports (16)
“The 3-1 scoreline from Sunday’s Vancouver vs. Chicago match flatters the Fire, who were thoroughly outplayed by the ‘Caps. Mike Magee can only do so much, guys.”
Bleacher Report (16)
“The Chicago Fire fell victim to the blazing hot form of Vancouver’s Camilo Sanvezzo on Sunday night in British Columbia. Sanvezzo scored twice in five minutes to bury the Fire and hand them their ninth loss of the season. The loss was the second in a row for Frank Klopas’ squad after they went on a six-match unbeaten run.”
*NOTE: No Goal.com or Soccer by Ives this week. Step up your power rankings game Kyle McCarthy and Ives! Thanks.