Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round 11
Each week, OTF Editor-in-Chief Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red…
HIT THE MUSIC!!!
Aggregate = 12.5/19 ( +2.6 from last week)
“Last week, it was Harrison Shipp that turned the tide for Frank Yallop’s Chicago Fire. This week, it was Mike Magee. A couple of spot kicks from Magic Mike in the seventh and 15th minutes of play gave the Fire a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. The Fire continue their season on May 24 against the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE.”
FIFTH! Thanks Fansided but…FIFTH?
Seattle Times (11)
“Remains the league’s only team to have scored at least one goal in every game.”
Not even Seattle can claim this fame.
ESPN FC (12)
“A 2-1 win over a seriously depleted SKC side playing with 10 men doesn’t exactly scream impressive, but at least the Fire managed to get the job done and win their second in a row.”
I’ll tell you what screams impressive: A FOUR PLACE BUMP FROM YOU, JEFF CARLISLE!
“From winless to their first winning streak, the Fire’s consecutive victories have given the team some much-needed momentum. The defense, however, still managed to concede a goal to a depleted, 10-man team. Regardless, Frank Yallop’s group moves up as others fall.”
Frank Yallop = George Jefferson?
“Try as they did, they weren’t quite able to give away either of the last two results. The Fire are a fun attacking team, but have no idea what to do with a lead and tons of defensive questions.”
Focus on the FUN, New York.
Soccer America (14)
“The Fire isn’t yet a good team, but it emulated one aspect of successful teams by taking advantage of a depleted opponent, in this case Sporting Kansas City. Penalty kicks won by Quincy Amarikwa and Benji Joya were converted by Mike Magee to give Chicago a second straight victory following eight games without a win. Yet rather than exploiting a man advantage presented in the 64th minute, Chicago conceded a goal and had to ride out some tricky moments. There are many glitches to sort out, but at least head coach Frank Yallop has bit of success to show for his rebuilding effort.”
Sober, honest analysis. And yes folks, in case you were wondering, Chicago is certainly in the midst of a rebuild.
Dallas News (14)
“Two wins in a row makes us think Yallop might have found some footing.”
But not on that horrid Toyota Park pitch. What happened?!
“Mike Magee placed two penalties inside the first 15 minutes in the exact same spot, just inside the left post, carrying the Fire to a surprise win over Kansas City. Magee is another player who could perhaps feel like he at least deserved a call-up to the initial U.S. camp, but Chicago will be happy to have the reigning league MVP with the team over the summer.”
And even happier once you realize they’re better than 17th, Liviu Bird. C’mon Man!
Soccer by Ives (?)
Ives took a Turkish bath this week.
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Scott Fenwick founded OTF Soccer in 2012 and is its Editor-in-Chief. Follow him @ilgeneraleUSA