It's hard to believe that half of the 2013 season is behind us already but indeed it is. The 17th match of the campaign this past Sunday marked the numerical half way point of the Fire's 34 game regular season schedule. A dreadful start combined with an impressive run (despite the result on Sunday) leaves the Fire in eighth place in the East at 6-8-3. At the same point last season the club was riding high at 8-5-4 and going into the transfer window looking for an upgrade at...yes you guessed it....striker.
The acquisition of Mike Magee changed the club's fortunes for the time being but the Fire are yet again looking to improve their attacking options up front in this year's transfer window. It may be unrealistic and a bit unfair to expect that Magee will continue on this blistering run of form so it's imperative that the club add an impactful reinforcement, either at striker or attacking midfield who can ease the load of responsibility that Magee is sure to face in the final 17 games this season. Patrick Nyarko has been solid as always and the improvement of Dilly Duka in recent weeks bodes well for the future but the Fire aren't more than a club merely capable of making a playoff run at this point. In order to challenge for something more substantial than just a playoff spot it seems the club will need to find that ever elusive impact player. If it doesn't happen in this window there's a strong possibility that the same conversation will be taking place come July of 2014.
As always, mid-season ratings take into account the average "player rating" score for each player over the first 17 contests to calculate an individual mid-season average rating. To no one's surprise Magee is the highest rated player with an average of 6.33 and according to the numbers Sean Johnson and Gonzalo Segares have been very consistent. It should also come as no surprise as to which performers lie near the bottom of the rankings. Choosing wisely now will avoid a repeat of this same scenario and discussion come next July.
You can find a complete game by game breakdown by clicking on the "Fire Schedule and Results" tab which includes a link to each match recap. The overall individual player average ratings are as follows:
2013 mid season ratings (click here for game by game totals)