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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match 34: Portland Timbers)

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It is the final match of the 2017 MLS regular season. Who will Robbo put out to claim 1st in the West? Will the Vancouver Whitecaps be 1st by the end of the day?

Welcome back for another season of our contest "Guess the Starting XI and Final Score". As always, thanks to former regular Spencer for starting this several years ago. Like last season, we will keep the non-MLS and MLS standings separate. We will also do a first half, second half, and overall standings. Finally, I will have various monthly contests where we add in an ‘extra’ thing to predict, like goal scorers, cards, suspensions, etc. With the basics out of the way, let’s get to the scoring.

MLS Scoring Details

  • Contest article will be posted 2-3 days prior to game day
  • We will keep track of overall, first/second half, and monthly winners so that late joiners will have something to play for
  • I will have a separate ‘contest’ for Voyageurs and Champions League.
  • As the MLS season is 34 matches, the overall standings will be based on each participant’s top 30 match guesses. This will allow everyone a few misses or bad guesses throughout the season.
  • The first/second Half standings will exclude your worst two match guesses.
  • Predictions will be 'valid' if posted prior to the lineup being officially announced (1 hour before kickoff)

How Scoring is Determined

  • You receive 1 point for every player you correctly guess to be in the Starting XI. Receive 1 bonus point for correctly predicting 10 starters. Receive 3 bonus points for correctly predicting 11 starters.
  • You get 5 points for correctly guessing Win/Lose/Draw.
  • You receive 1 point for correctly guessing each team’s final score. Receive 1 bonus point for correctly guessing both teams final score (for a total of 3).
  • That means, if you correctly predict the Starting XI, Final Score, and Winner, you can earn 22 points!

At the end of each week, I will tally the scores and update the standings, to be posted with the next week's match thread.

Latest Match Standings

Ranking User Overall Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score
Ranking User Overall Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score
1 MarcoD77 17 9 0 5 3
2 rtomsheck 11 10 1 0 0
3 olikchivas 10 9 0 0 1
3 chuckbiscuits 10 9 0 0 1
3 The Squirrel 10 9 0 0 1
3 jacinto 10 9 0 0 1
3 BlackPanther99 10 9 0 0 1
3 AtlantisB 10 9 0 0 1
3 Westsider13 10 9 0 0 1
3 Arjon 10 9 0 0 1
3 edmondk 10 9 0 0 1
12 dfree646 9 9 0 0 0
12 GreyHouseEffect 9 9 0 0 0
12 DougCuth 9 8 0 0 1
12 forbrydelsen 9 8 0 0 1
12 Jph003 9 9 0 0 0
12 Rob R. Scott 9 9 0 0 0
12 Slowkid 9 8 0 0 1

Second Half Standings

Previous Rank Current Ranking Change in Ranking User Overall Score
Previous Rank Current Ranking Change in Ranking User Overall Score
1 1 0 dfree646 187
2 2 0 olikchivas 176
3 3 0 GreyHouseEffect 171
4 3 1 BlackPanther99 171
6 5 1 chuckbiscuits 170
7 6 1 jacinto 169
4 7 -3 robbosg1 167
8 7 1 DougCuth 167
9 7 2 Arjon 167
10 10 0 rtomsheck 166
10 11 -1 The Squirrel 165
12 12 0 AtlantisB 164
13 13 0 Westsider13 163
14 14 0 Jph003 158
15 15 0 forbrydelsen 155
17 16 1 MarcoD77 153
16 17 -1 edmondk 149
18 18 0 Rob R. Scott 139
19 19 0 MarcusEarth 82
20 20 0 Slowkid 43
21 21 0 justcaps 27
21 21 0 tecate 27
23 23 0 Joel Prosser 23

Match in Review (San Jose Earthquakes) and Preview (Portland Timbers)

Once again, Carl Robinson threw us some lineup curve balls while the squad threw us an uninspiring scoreline. Not a single prediction had Marinovic in the lineup over Ousted, while only a handful had de Jong over Harvey. With a fairly predictable lineup otherwise, this resulted in a lot of ‘9’ scores, with no bonuses. However, rtomsheck rolled the dice with de Jong, which gave them a ‘10’ for lineup and the ‘1’ bonus for getting 10/11 correct.

While some predictions were pessimistic thinking the Earthquakes would win, most were optimistic about a Vancouver Whitecaps victory, including myself. Only one person was neither optimistic or pessimistic, and that was MarcoD77 who correctly predicted a 1-1 draw. This led to them being the big winner this week, scoring a total of 17 points. Congrats!

It all comes down to this. Win or Draw and the Caps finish 1st. Lose and they could, and probably will, drop down to 3rd. Carl needs his best lineup. Does that mean Marinovic and de Jong stay in the lineup or do we see a return of Ousted and Harvey? Seems Robbo is playing matchups right now as he has confidence in either option at both positions. Bolanos has served his suspension, but has not been in great form. For the Caps to be successful in the playoffs though, I feel he needs to be on his game. Does he get that opportunity against Portland or do we see Shea or someone else start?

Can the Caps get a victory or has their inability of late to beat the top teams going to mean that they lose? Interestingly, I am more confident with this match being away than I would be if it were a home game.

Good luck!

Injured: Brett Levis, David Edgar, Matias Laba

Suspension: None