Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Three


Little by little, bit by bit (photo:

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


Aggregate = 15.9/19 (+0.7 from last week) (15)

“Still under construction, but in Benji Joya and Harry Shipp the Fire have young, talented building blocks. We think this team is going to chop and change the roster a bunch, but those two will be constants.”

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Soccer America (15)

“Leading, 1-0, on Jeff Larentowicz’s header from Harry Shipp’s corner kick in the sixth minute, the Fire was unable to break into the win column and tied New York, 1-1, in its home opener. Mike Magee roused himself after a sluggish start and DP Juan Luis Anangono drew two fouls after coming on as a sub but the Fire couldn’t regain the lead.”

I thought this was a power rankings column, not a match recap. Up your game, Soccer America.

Seattle Times (16)

“Schedule could facilitate a run, facing the three lowest-ranked teams in next four games.”

It better.

Sports Illustrated (16)

“Chicago could have won if it weren’t for Robles’ heroics in the Red Bulls’ goal. Quincy Amarikwa came close to a Goal of the Year candidate when he just missed a diving header as well. A different result either of Robles’ saves or on Amarikwa’s effort could have given the Fire an important home win.”

Close, but no #QuincyTime.

ESPN FC (16)

“Following the 1-1 draw with New York, there remain plenty of concerns for the Fire. Young additions Benji Joya and Harry Shipp have showed promise, but Mike Magee has to heat up for this team to be successful. The defense looks unconvincing as well.”

The defense looks unconvincing? It allowed two goals in its last two games against last season’s respective conference winners! Pay attention, Jeff Carlisle. C’mon son.

Soccer by Ives (16)

“An aging Fire team has done just enough to get results early on, but not enough to grab a game by the scruff of the neck. Mike Magee’s return from injury should help up top moving forward but the team still lacks goal-scoring depth through the squad.”

Don’t worry Ives, the Magic will indeed return…

Fansided (17)

“Jeff Larentowicz scored in the sixth minute for Frank Yallop’s Chicago Fire in their 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls at Toyota Park. The Fire return to action on Mar. 29 against D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports Network.”

Are you guys sure your website shouldn’t be called “Yawnsided”?


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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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