Good morning, Backpost Nation. Mondays are hard, we know. You owe it to yourself to check out Bayer Leverkusen striker Erin Derdiyok’s submission for Goal of the Year.
We like its chances:
The first touch! The second touch! And then the bike to finish it off into the far corner—golazo-azo-azo. They should have waived the yellow-card-for-removing-your-shirt rule in this case. What a goal.
Derdiyok, just FYI, is a 23-year-old Swiss international of Turkish descent.
• MLS has a Swiss international of Canadian descent—that would be Vancouver defender Alain Rochat—and he was involved in the unveiling of the Whitecaps’ new home, BC Place, which just underwent a $563-million renovation. Unfortunately, Rochat was involved in a way he’d like to forget: It was his turnover that led to a Portland Timbers counterattack and the game’s only goal, a 20-yard volley into the top corner by Kenny Cooper. The hard-luck Whitecaps played their first 13 home games at Empire Field before moving into their luxurious new downtown home.
Portland’s win nudged the Timbers back into the MLS wild-card picture. For all the weekend MLS action, including the Galaxy’s pivotal, record-setting win over Real Salt Lake, please check out our MLS column here.
• Did you have Frank Lampard in your BPFL team this week? How about Andy Johnson? Of course we never had Lampard, and we dropped Johnson two weeks ago (really).
In any event, both Englishmen hit for three goals this weekend as Lampard led Chelsea to a 5-1 romp over last-place Bolton*, scoring in the 15th, 27th, and 59th minutes, and Johnson scored in the 2nd, 38th, and 59th minutes to help Fulham to a 6-0 shellacking of QPR.
American attacker Clint Dempsey also scored for Fulham, and U.S. keeper Tim Howard saved a penalty for Everton in the Merseyside derby but it was not enough as Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez both found the net to lead Liverpool to a 2-0 win.
In the North London derby, Tottenham’s 21-year-old defender Kyle Walker hit the goal of his career—a 30-yard bullet into the top corner in the 73rd minute—to give Spurs and U.S. keeper Brad Friedel a 2-1 win over Arsenal.
Manchester City whipped Blackburn 4-0 to keep pace at the top of the table alongside Manchester United, which downed Norwich 2-0. Amazingly, City’s rout yielded zero goals from BPFL favorite Sergio “Kun” Aguero (and zero from Sleeping Giant striker Edin Dzeko).
Look for a more complete BPFL update from co-commissioner MGlo later in the week.
*Need more Stuart Holden.