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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match 06: Seattle Sounders)

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.

· 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.

I am posting TWO different sets of standings. The first is the first half standings. The second is removing each participants four worst weeks

FIRST HALF STANDINGS (MATCHES 1 TO 17)

Previous Rank Current Ranking Change in User Overall Match 5 Points
Ranking Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score
1 1 0 Arjon 61 8 0 5 0
2 1 1 Jph003 61 8 0 5 1
5 3 2 mattock 57 8 0 5 1
5 4 1 forbrydelsen 56 8 0 5 0
3 5 -2 chuckbiscuits 53 8 0 0 0
3 6 -3 AtlantisB 52 7 0 0 0
8 7 1 MarcoD77 51 9 0 0 0
9 8 1 BlackPanther99 48 9 0 0 0
11 9 2 WestCoastCule 44 8 0 0 0
12 9 3 rtomsheck 44 9 0 0 0
5 11 -6 Westsider13 43
13 12 1 The Squirrel 42 9 0 0 0
13 13 0 Tanzaniamagic 41 8 0 0 0
15 13 2 justcaps 41 9 0 0 0
15 13 2 olikchivas 41 9 0 0 0
15 13 2 Wardy1700 41 9 0 0 0
19 17 2 DougCuth 40 9 0 0 1
19 18 1 jamesmarkgraham 39 9 0 0 0
10 19 -9 Norwegian Would 38
21 19 2 edmondk 38 9 0 0 0
15 21 -6 soccerdad66 32
22 22 0 GreyHouseEffect 31 9 0 0 0
23 23 0 Soccer Mum 28 7 0 0 0
24 24 0 smatthew 20
26 24 2 MarcusEarth 20 7 0 0 0
25 26 -1 GTCrane 16
26 27 -1 Zee Samnani 13
28 28 0 CalgaryRik 9
28 28 0 WRCAPS 9
28 28 0 Acumen 9
28 28 0 RedArmyNic 9
- 32 - jacinto 8 8 0 0 0
- 32 - ArrSea 8 8 0 0 0

APRIL STANDINGS

Current User Overall Real Salt Lake Tigres LA Galaxy
Ranking Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score
1 Arjon 40 8 0 5 0 8 0 5 1 8 0 5 0
2 WestCoastCule 38 8 0 0 0 9 0 5 3 8 0 5 0
3 AtlantisB 37 7 0 0 0 10 1 5 1 8 0 5 0
4 Jph003 37 8 0 5 1 9 0 5 0 9 0 0 0
5 chuckbiscuits 36 8 0 0 0 9 0 5 1 8 0 5 0
6 GreyHouseEffect 34 9 0 0 0 8 0 5 3 8 0 0 1
7 MarcoD77 34 9 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 9 0 5 0
8 rtomsheck 34 9 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 9 0 5 0
9 mattock 32 8 0 5 1 9 0 0 1 8 0 0 0
10 BlackPanther99 31 9 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 8 0 5 0
11 edmondk 31 9 0 0 0 9 0 5 1 7 0 0 0
12 forbrydelsen 31 8 0 5 0 10 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
13 Soccer Mum 31 7 0 0 0 9 0 5 3 6 0 0 1
14 olikchivas 30 9 0 0 0 6 0 5 1 8 0 0 1
15 DougCuth 29 9 0 0 1 9 0 0 1 8 0 0 1
16 The Squirrel 29 9 0 0 0 10 1 0 1 7 0 0 1
17 Wardy1700 27 9 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 8 0 0 1
18 Tanzaniamagic 26 8 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 9 0 0 0
19 justcaps 25 9 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
20 Westsider13 24 9 0 5 3 6 0 0 1
21 Zee Samnani 22 9 0 0 0 8 0 5 0
22 MarcusEarth 20 7 0 0 0 8 0 5 0
23 Norwegian Would 18 9 0 0 0 8 0 0 1
24 jacinto 17 8 0 0 0 9 0 0 0
25 jamesmarkgraham 16 9 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
26 tecate 10 9 0 0 1
27 CascadiaCaps 9 9 0 0 0
28 ArrSea 8 8 0 0 0
29 GTCrane 8 8 0 0 0
30 Markuss 8 8 0 0 0

Match in Review (Real Salt Lake) and Preview (Seattle Sounders)

Another match and another TWO first-time guessers. Welcome to jacinto and ArrSea. Both scored a respectable '8' for lineup prediction. Speaking of lineup predictions, Carl Robinson threw everyone for a loop and ran with a 3-5-2. This meant that all the decisions people were making on defense were moot as they ALL started. It also meant that everyone was pretty average (around 8) for predictions. What was key in this match was predicting a Salt Lake victory! The top 4 are slightly separated from the pack, thanks to being the only 4 to pick RSL victory.

On Friday night, the Caps play their Cascadia rivals. While the striker/forward stable is a bit bare, Carl Robinson will have his full lineup, so I would expect the best possible lineup against their foe. The real question is who is in that best lineup? Techera's run of form puts him in the equation. Of course there is Davies to consider. Tchani was not the best against RSL. Does he start or do we see Jacobson (or someone else)?

Two final notes. First, since there are six matches (including Tigres) in April, I will keep an April standings too. Second, I am thinking of 'testing' another prediction category in May. I was hoping to get some suggestions/feedback. I will post my suggestion below, but feel free to a) comment on mine or b) suggestion your own.

KNOWN OUT (Will be updated as information becomes available)

Injury: David Edgar, Brett Levis, Yordy Reyna, Brek Shea, Erik Hurtado

Suspension: NONE

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