Winners1. New York Red Bulls
Sure, there are leagues that are coming to a close and teams that won more meaningful games (against better competition) this weekend. But, let's give the Red Bulls some love for winning as many games just a little over a month in (5) than they did all of last season. 2. Bayern Munich
Good week all around for Bayern: Topped Lyon to make the Champions League Final and beat up Bochum 3-1 to all but clinch the Bundesliga title. 3. Chelsea
With the title still up in the air and facing a potentially difficult test with Liverpool, Chelsea went out and showed they were world class. Of course, Liverpool's Steven Gerrard made sure Chelsea had the upper hand. The win led to this. The other winners: Steve McClaren and FC Twente ... Real Madrid ... the short-handed Houston Dynamo ... Edson Buddle (again) ... the upstart San Jose Earthquakes ... AS Roma ... Inter Milan's treble hopes ... fans of tight races in France ... the unspectacular and steady Columbus Crew ... Estudiantes ... AC St. Louis (just won their first game, not the championship) ... Clint Dempsey and Fulham ... Santos.
Losers1. Steven Gerrard and Liverpool
If Brits can call Kei Kamara's miss the Miss of the Century, then us Yanks can call Steven Gerrard's blundered back-pass the Biggest Brit Boner (Non John Terry Edition) of the Century. Just... what was he thinking? 2. Terry Vaughn and the Kansas City Wizards
I guess a lecture wouldn't have worked? Vaughn's decision to send off Davy Arnaud for a 50/50 challenge with Pat Onstad directly affected this game. Though, this isn't to let KC off the hook. It's the first time this year they've let another team's pressure and pace get to them. But still... if Vaughn calls that game like a human being with two eyes and a brain the game might have turned out a little differently. 3. This poor Tottenham ball boy.
The Full 90 doesn't like to pick on kids. But... The rest of the losers... Shakira's World Cup anthem ... Porto's champions league hopes ... Ajax, who finished second in Holland despite having a +86(!?!) goal differential ... These unfortunate guys ... Phil Bardsley ... The Vampire ... The Gods of War ... Dallas ... D.C. ... Sergio Busquets ... and the petulant Philly Union.