Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Seven

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


Aggregate = 14.8/19 ( -0.4 from last week) (13)

“Tied a league record with their sixth straight draw. Season record for draws is 16, set by the Fire in 2011. Records were made to be broken!”

Beware all opponents: WE WILL TIE YOU!

Fansided (13)

“Quincy Amarikwa scored for Frank Yallop’s Chicago Fire in their 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution at Toyota Park. Chicago return to action on May 3 against Real Salt Lake at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.”

A sentence of commentary perhaps, Fansided? We want to know what’s behind the number!

NBC Pro Sports Soccer Talk (14)

“Same as last week: played better than their opponents; found a way to draw; just need to stop making defensive mistakes. This week, it was Patrick Nyarko taking down Kevin Alston in the box. Converting late penalties would help, too, but until Chicago actually starts playing bad (which, it’s not doing now), there’s no reason for alarm.”

Raise your hand if you’re tired of the “same.”


Seattle Times (15)

“Déjà vu: Sixth straight tie, which matches an MLS record, included another late failed PK.”

Égalités de points sont notre spécialité!

Soccer America (15)

“There’s no end in sight. The Fire tied its sixth straight game, 1-1, with New England. Quincy Amarikwa scored his fourth goal to provide a lead Chicago couldn’t hold, and he wasn’t on the field – a second caution had dismissed him in the 73rd minute — when the Fire squandered a last-minute penalty kick. Juan Luis Anangono’s attempt was saved, and Jeff Larentowicz’s follow-up shot missed the target. Anangono had replaced Harrison Shipp, who assisted on Amarikwa’s goal and orchestrated a few promising sequences.”


Sports Illustrated’s Planet Fútbol (16)

“Quincy Amarikwa scored his fourth goal of the year, already giving a career high for a single season, against New England, but for the second time this year, the Fire missed a likely game-winning penalty in stoppage time. Chicago’s six consecutive draws ties the MLS record for one-point results in a row.”

Might be tough to break the record against Real Salt Lake…

ESPN FC (16)

“Something about late penalty kicks doesn’t agree with the Fire. For the second time this season Chicago left two points on the table when it couldn’t convert a late penalty. That’s the difference between ninth place and third place in the East.”

And that’s real talk.

Soccer by Ives (16)

“The Chicago Fire are still searching for their first win but they tied for the sixth consecutive game. The aging but experienced back line has held up well enough for Quicy Amerikwa to produce more breakthrough performances and score his fourth goal of the season. However, the Fire now will be without their top goalscorer after he picked up a red card, meaning that Mike Magee must carry the load in the Fire’s next match on his own.”

Not sure what the back line has to do with Quincy Amarikwa scoring goals, but hey, at least Ives showed up before Friday this week. Welcome back! 

If you know of other weekly MLS power rankings that post by Thursday, please let us know in the comments section below. Cheers.


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