Monday Morning Re-Start: BPFL, Rampant Manchester Sides,Yanks Abroad, MLS

Did you have Edin Dzeko (four goals, 21 pts)  in your BPFL team this week? No? How about Wayne Rooney (three goals, one assist, 19 pts)? Hey, even Yank keeper Tim Howard, who kept a clean sheet and saved a penalty in Everton’s 1-0 win over Blackburn, would have netted you 14 points this week.

There was a reason the league average was 55 points and the high was 139. Manchester United blitzed Arsenal 8-2—yes, 8-2—while Man City trounced Tottenham 5-1. In addition to Howard’s penalty save, Man U keeper David De Gea stopped a spot kick. American Clint Dempsey scored in Fulham’s 2-1 loss to Newcastle; Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa struck a long-distance goal in the Blues’ 3-1 defeat of Norwich; Man U midfielder Ashley Young had two goals and three assists in the Red Devils’ romp; and Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam had a goal and an assist to lead his team to a 3-1 win over Bolton.

In short, there loads of points to be had for BPFL players, and as a result, several teams scored pretty high totals yet still lost their head-to-head matchup. Prison Mike, to name one example, scored 71 points but still lost his Gameweek 3 match … to his brother’s team. Ouch.

Mike has 124 points in the past two weeks—a Top 10 total—yet he is 0-2 on the season.

Useful Shot, That continues to set the pace, romping 84–41 over the Disgruntled Numpties to go 2-0 for the season and top the table with 146 points. The Colorado Keeper, who expressed some mild reservations about the EPL site last week, is nevertheless thriving, having racked up 138 points and a 2-0 record. The Backpost team, Sleeping Giant, has a win and a draw on the season and 99 points, good for 13th place.

The head-to-head results and league standings are up; go check them out at the Premier League site.

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Following Howard and Dempsey on the Yanks Abroad front were Robbie Findley (remember him?), who scored the lone goal in Nottingham Forest’s 4-1 loss to West Ham, and George John, the FC Dallas defender who was reportedly on his way to EPL side Blackburn. Apparently that move is now off, for undisclosed reasons, and John will rejoin FCD for their US Open Cup semifinal match at Seattle on Tuesday.

While John stays put, another American is supposedly on the move, as various reports have U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley on his way to Serie A side Chievo.

And in the best Yanks Abroad news of the day, American midfielder Stuart Holden is scheduled to return to action tomorrow, suiting up for Bolton’s reserves against Fulham’s.

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Major League Soccer rolled out a Hurricane Irene–truncated schedule—three matches were postponed—but there was still plenty of good stuff, including a 6-2 romp in Seattle and an astounding comeback in Kansas City. Go check out our Week 24 column at the league site.

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The Premier League will break for international fixtures next week, so Gameweek 4 of the BPFL will kick off on Sept 10. Look for a post from co-commissioner MGlo later this week. And speaking of the international dates, the U.S. plays Costa Rica on Friday, Sept 2 (11:00 pm ET, ESPN2, Galavision), and Belgium on Tues. Sept 6 (2:30, ESPN).

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