Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Eight


Who can we tie now? (image:

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


Aggregate = 15.1/19 ( -0.3 from last week)

Fansided (13)

“Frank Yallop’s Chicago Fire were off this past week and will be back in action on May 3 against Real Salt Lake at Toyota Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.”

Will we witness history? Will the Fire become even more prolific at tying?

NBC Pro Sports Soccer Talk (13)

“Took the week off and saw other teams fall behind. If only this method worked in the actual standings.”


Seattle Times (14)

“Bye week should have involved some PK practice after two crucial misses this season.”

Well played. (15)

“Their ranking reflects the fact that New York and D.C. had good weeks, not anything Chicago did or didn’t do on their bye. That said, we hope they took a lot of PKs.”

More PK snark. Heh.

Soccer America (16)

“The Fire won’t appeal a second caution given to forward Quincy Amarikwa in a 1-1 tie with New England April 19, so the team’s top scorer with four goals will miss the game against RSL this weekend. During a week off from MLS play, Amarikwa scored in a 3-2 defeat of the Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro). Juan Luis Anangano tallied twice. Perhaps the run of six straight ties is an MLS version of a market correction; the Fire went 12 games in 2013 without a deadlock before finishing the season 1-1 against D.C. United.”

Um, the Fire finished 2013 in New York. I know. I was there. I experienced the shock and horror. 

Sports Illustrated’s Planet Fútbol (16)

“The next stretch of games could define Chicago’s season, with matches looming against RSL, Kansas City (twice), New York, Columbus, L.A., Seattle, Colorado and Toronto. If the Fire, who were on bye this week, want to make the playoffs, that’s the caliber of teams against which they will have to prove they belong.”

Gulp. Lord, hear our prayer.

ESPN FC (16)

“The fact Chicago is one of two winless teams in the league means the Frank Yallop era is off to a rough start. A bright spot has been the play of Harry Shipp, whose clever play in midfield has made him an early candidate for Rookie of the Year.”

Duh and yes.

Soccer by Ives (18)

“The Fire had the week off to regroup and to heal some of the regular knocks picked up during the year. Like the Timbers, the Fire are still searching for their first win of the season despite having drawn in six straight games.”


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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Scott Fenwick founded OTF Soccer in 2012 and is its Editor-in-Chief. Follow him @ilgeneraleUSA


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