In the Master vs. Apprentice matchup, Richie Williams stomped all over his former boss, beating Bruce Arena by nearly 30%. That has to make him one of the favorites to reach the final. But to do so, he'll have to survive the wily EFCOG, who delivered a significant beatdown of his (her? their? its?!?) own in disposing of John Harkes.
Surely the shock of the round has to be Soccer Insider commenter extraordinaire, Chest Rockwell, nipping actual professional coach, Dave Sarachan, by a single vote at the death. But he'll face more tenacious opposition, if not another actual coach, in the next round as Ben Olsen hobbles onto the field. Olsen's 72% of the vote in his pairing was the second most impressive outing in the previous round.
Olsen's 72% may look impressive, but Predrag Radosavljević (Preki, to you and me) posted the single most lopsided result of the round, amassing an imposing 83% of the vote in his pairing. His road to the semifinals may look assured, but Curt Onalfo pulled a surprisingly strong upset in the previous round, more than doubling up the higher seed, Earnie Stewart.
The final match will be a battle of "highlanders." Wee Scotsman John Spencer had a surprisingly easy time of it in his battle with Sasho Cirovski, who some considered a contender for the final. Spencer will face off with Bolivian and United legend Marco Etcheverry, who encountered strong opposition from Jurgen Klinsmann in the previous round. Klinsmann was gnawing away at El Diablo's early lead, but couldn't quite catch him before the final whistle.
Vote away! And let's hear some more smack-talk in the comments this time, people!