The Full 90

The weekend's winners and losers

This week is perhaps the easiest weekend to decipher the winners and losers ... ever. The winners won really big. The losers lost really big. Sometimes, it's just that simple.

The title race in England is tight. Ditto that for Italy, Germany and France. This is a Champions League week and there were some awesome goals to recap.

Let's get this on.

The Winners

1. Manchester United, Tottenham

Thanks to some fortuitous results this weekend,

the Red Devils have jumped back into the Premiership title race

. But perhaps more impressive than that was the back-to-back London derby double for Spurs. In mid-week, they trampled Arsenal and

Saturday they up-ended Chelsea in style

. They now hold the fourth-spot (guaranteeing Champions League play) with a two-point advantage over Manchester City. Aston Villa and Liverpool are 6 and 8 points behind Spurs respectively.

2. In-Form United States' Strikers

Edson Buddle


Herculez Gomez

should be on the U.S. World Cup roster. You must take the strikers who are in form. Right now, that's Gomez and Buddle and not Brian Ching (who's injured) and Eddie Johnson. If Charlie Davies is is not healthy enough to play, I'd bring Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Gomez and Buddle. If Davies is healthy, I still bring all of them and cut a midfielder instead. I'm gonna pontificate on the U.S. roster later this week.

3. Anglophiles who enjoy sayings words like "brace"

There are some amongst us who prefer to use British words to describe football. For example: Calling it a pitch instead of a field. I think it's OK. Except when it comes to using "brace" for two goals. Anglophile journalists got to use it a bunch this week, as Buddle, Gomez, Conor Casey and Juan Pablo Angel all scored two goals.

The rest of the winners... Marseille


Houston Dynamo


Bayern Munich putting the goal differential tie-breaker out of reach


Real Madrid


Maicon and Inter Milan




Ike Opara and San Jose


The Dutch title race




Portland's future


The Losers

1. Chelsea, Arsenal

Not only did both teams get out-classed by Tottenham this week, but they also dropped winnable games they needed.

Chelsea could've put the league title out of reach

and Arsenal could've stayed in the race. Unfortunately for Arsenal,

they got squashed by lowly Wigan

and now have to settle for third.

2. The fans in the Rome Derby

Fan violence and Nazi salutes... totally not cool

. Especially if it was all caused by

a silly gesture


3. DC United

This is bad. Really, really, really bad.

The rest of the losers... Barcelona for the game


their upcoming travel plans


Toronto FC


Fernando Torres and Liverpool


Everton may have won 3-2

but they wore



ESPN Soccernet


Adrian Mutu


Colorado's sorry attendance