EEE & MMM – Beginning of May Edition

Relevant EPL Results

EPL News

  • Clint Dempsey scored twice against Bolton.  He now has 33 Premiership goals for the club, a new club record.  The prior record of 32 was shared by Brian McBride and Steed Malbranque.
  • Arsenal beat ManUtd 1-0, which would have closed the gap on the title race considerably for the Gunners had they bothered to beat Bolton or Spurs.  As it is, they are still 6 points back.
  • Controversy in the Chelsea-Spurs match: Lampard's goal given after not entirely crossing the line and Kalou possibly a tad offside on the game winner.
  • Chelsea are now 3 points from 1st with 3 to play.  They are away to Manchester United on Sunday.  A win there will have the teams tied on points at the top of the table, and Chelsea will go ahead on GD as they are currently both at +38.

Relevant EPL Table

Position Club Games
Points GD
2. Chelsea 35 70 +38
6. Spurs 34 55 +7
7. Everton 35 48 +5
9. Fulham 35 45 +7
13. Aston Villa 35 41 -13
14. Sunderland 35 41 -13
19. Wolves 35 34 -23

Relevant MLS Results

MLS News

4 thoughts on “EEE & MMM – Beginning of May Edition”

  1. The Chelsea match was tense...a controversial goal in minute 88 sealed it. It's all about next week, and I thought this thing was over a few weeks ago.

    I also watched the Sunderland match. They just have no life anymore. It's weird. Weren't they as high as fifth or sixth?

  2. I think Monterrey would have been a handful no matter what, but it was too bad that Monterrey's goal came on such terrible marking in back. RSL looked totally gassed in the second half, which I guess I'd attribute to Monterrey's ability to possess the ball and make the other team chase.

    I think the Mullen suspension was harsh but ultimately the right thing to do. I'd like to see MLS go to a system where red cards for serious foul play or violent conduct have a default 3-game suspension instead of a default 1-game suspension. (I've heard this is the case in other leagues?) It just seems a bit odd that you would punish a player the same way for two yellows (say dissent and excessive celebration) as you would for a hard cleats-up challenge from behind or a hard elbow to the head. The disciplinary committee can always use discretion to reduce or extend the default suspension, but players might not be quite as cavalier about dangerous tackles if the default punishment was a little harsher. To balance that out, I'd like to see games reviewed for diving and suspensions imposed after the fact for obvious offenders.

    The three-goal drubbing of Toronto at home was a welcome sight, but losing Zakuani and O'Brian White (had surgery to remove a blood clot in his leg) indefinitely puts a damper on things. RSL has a bunch of games in hand on the rest of the West, but Seattle's back in position where they could think about a Supporter's Shield run. Their depth is really being tested, though. They are probably alright for now, but with the losses of Nkufo, Zakuani, and White, things will get a bit trickier when Open Cup and Champions League roll around.

  3. Also, since I'm in Chicago, on Saturday I happened to catch most of the Rapids-Fire game on television. Definitely a good result for Chicago. Colorado is really tough at home and they had an awfully speedy lineup out there. For Colorado, I was impressed by Akpan, who didn't play the week before against the Sounders. It's encouraging to see draft picks doing well, hopefully the draft keeps getting deeper and deeper.

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