Guest Commentator: Shaun with EPL Review

Our good friend Shaun will be offering up commentary from time to time. Shaun plays on a team here in San Francisco, but more importantly for his commentary he grew up across the pond — a fan of the Reds, accent and all.

I will never forget Shaun exaltation after Liverpool game back against Milan in the Champions League cup just a few short years ago.

Here’s Shaun’s quick take on this weekend as a lead in to other things.

We’ll spare Shaun the Q&A as his team got downed 2-1 by Tottenham at White Hart Lane with just a pitiful display of defense. (Case in point, 5’6” Jermain Defoe rocketing a header on ‘Pool keeper Jose Reina amongst the trees of Carragher and Skrtel–didn’t score — but 5’6” reaching the header, come on boys).

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The opening weekend of the English Premiership saw US keepers Tim Howard and Brad Friedel both at the losing end of some embarrassing defeats. To be fair, none of the 8 goals conceded collectively were their fault and they (Howard especially )were let down by some atrocious defending.

Aston Villa, one of several pre-season favorites to break into the top four opened their season against Wigan, a club many pundits destined for the drop into the Championship. It was an incredibly fast paced game with end to end action for the full 90 minutes. Midway through the first half, Columbian striker Rodallega, struck a sheer beauty of goal (a few minutes after having a header cleared off the line), a shot that gave Friedel little to no chance of saving.  Then, just 11 minutes after the break the visiting team added a second through Jason Koumas. A disappointing result for the Villains and one that will give Wigan much hope for survival for the upcoming season.

Up at Goodison in the late afternoon game, visitors Arsenal completely destroyed Everton. Everton’s defense, missing Jagielka and consisting of a very distracted Lescott (Man City on his mind?) were in shambles all day. Giving Howard no cover, absent on set pieces, Arsenal headed and threaded their way to a 6-1 victory, Evertons only goal coming deep into extra time. Arsenal played the sort of football that was reminiscent of the Unbeatables and have a sent clear message to the league with this emphatic win. David Moyes on the other hand will have to rally his team and give them the self belief that made them quite the force last season.

More from me as we get going and find my voice in this publication. Thanks for reading.

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