At the end of each weekend, The Full 90 will scour the soccer world and bring you the weekend's biggest winners and the biggest losers.
Included in today's round-up: Herculez Gomez (again), Chelsea's huge win, Mike Dean's huge blunder(s), the New York Red Bulls and something's rotten in DC.
The Three Biggest Winners
I want to crawl into a cave and hide until the World Cup. No excuses for tired legs and no complaining about officiating (at least not yet, give me a few paragraphs to stew), Manchester United were outplayed by a wide margin in the first half and Joe Cole's goal
was sublime. Chelsea earned (as much as I want to punch myself for saying it) their spot at the top of the Premiership table. 2. New York Red Bulls
They didn't dominate the game. They didn't play particularly well. But they managed to win a game on the road ... against an MLS elite no less. They hadn't won on the road in 29 games. Now, they're 2-0. Most impressive in the MLS? Nope. Most improved? Absolutely. 3. Herculez Gomez
Yep. He did it. Again. The former Wizard scored his 8th goal in 10 games this weekend. How many goals will Gomez have to score before we all cease to be amazed? And if he reaches 20, is it perhaps the most amazing feat by an American soccer player playing overseas? Before you answer, remember the player he was with the Wizards and Rapids. The rest of the winners.
Kenny Mansally was a monster for New England
... Chivas Guadalajara stand alone
... the three Serie A teams chasing the title
... the blue half of Manchester
... former Fulham strikers playing professionally in Chicago
... Maurice Edu's World Cup chances
... Spanish giants
... Sunil Chhetri
... Bayern Munich ... French table toppers
The Three Biggest Losers
1. Manchester United
No Wayne Rooney = HUGE problem. Dimitar Berbatov should be a great striker. But he isn't. He drops too deep when by himself and vanishes when the team needs him most. The Red Devils aren't a one-man team completely, but when that one man (Rooney) is absent, they struggle to score goals. 2. Referee Mike Dean
This photo comes from the Republik of Mancunia. It says just about everything you need to know about bad officiating.
But it goes further than that. Federico Macheda's goal was a blatant handball and Gary Neville should've been called for a penalty (and possibly a card) for a challenge in the box. A game of this magnitude shouldn't have been marred by three terrible calls. 3. DC United fans
It's embarrassing to lose two games in a row to start the season. It's even more embarrassing to lose a second game without scoring a single goal. But the most embarrassing part of DC United's 2-0 loss to New England? The field at RFK had freaking football lines on it. The rest of the losers
The HSV player who tossed a bottle at the fan OR the fan that caused him to throw the bottle (your pick)
... This poor goalkeeper
... Seattle (17 shots, 0 goals?)
... Tottenham's hold on the Champions League
... Everton's Champions League dreams
... Liverpool's too