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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match 07: Portland Timbers)

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 6 Points
Ranking Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score
1 1 0 Arjon 80 10 1 5 3
1 2 -1 Jph003 75 9 0 5 0
3 3 0 mattock 69 10 1 0 1
6 3 3 AtlantisB 69 10 1 5 1
4 5 -1 forbrydelsen 67 10 1 0 0
8 6 2 BlackPanther99 65 10 1 5 1
5 7 -2 chuckbiscuits 64 10 1 0 0
7 8 -1 MarcoD77 63 10 1 0 1
9 9 0 WestCoastCule 60 10 1 5 0
9 9 0 rtomsheck 60 10 1 5 0
13 11 2 justcaps 58 10 1 5 1
13 12 1 olikchivas 55 11 3 0 0
11 13 -2 Westsider13 54 10 1 0 0
12 14 -2 The Squirrel 53 10 1 0 0
13 15 -2 Tanzaniamagic 52 10 1 0 0
17 16 1 DougCuth 51 10 1 0 0
18 17 1 jamesmarkgraham 50 10 1 0 0
19 18 1 edmondk 49 10 1 0 0
22 19 3 GreyHouseEffect 42 10 1 0 0
13 20 -7 Wardy1700 41
23 21 2 Soccer Mum 39 10 1 0 0
19 22 -3 Norwegian Would 38
26 23 3 GTCrane 33 10 1 5 1
21 24 -3 soccerdad66 32
24 25 -1 smatthew 20
24 25 -1 MarcusEarth 20
32 27 - jacinto 19 10 1 0 0
27 28 -1 Zee Samnani 13
28 29 -1 CalgaryRik 9
28 29 -1 WRCAPS 9
28 29 -1 Acumen 9
28 29 -1 RedArmyNic 9
32 33 - ArrSea 8

APRIL STANDINGS

Previous Current Chang in User Overall SEA RSL TIGRES LA
Ranking Ranking Ranking Score
1 1 0 Arjon 59 19 13 14 13
2 2 0 WestCoastCule 54 16 8 17 13
3 2 1 AtlantisB 54 17 7 17 13
4 4 0 Jph003 51 14 14 14 9
8 5 3 rtomsheck 50 16 9 11 14
10 6 4 BlackPanther99 48 17 9 9 13
5 7 -2 chuckbiscuits 47 11 8 15 13
7 8 -1 MarcoD77 46 12 9 11 14
6 9 -3 GreyHouseEffect 45 11 9 16 9
9 10 -1 mattock 44 12 14 10 8
14 10 4 olikchivas 44 14 9 12 9
11 12 -1 edmondk 42 11 9 15 7
12 12 0 forbrydelsen 42 11 13 10 8
13 12 1 Soccer Mum 42 11 7 17 7
19 12 7 justcaps 42 17 9 9 7
15 16 -1 DougCuth 40 11 10 10 9
16 16 0 The Squirrel 40 11 9 12 8
18 18 0 Tanzaniamagic 37 11 8 9 9
20 19 1 Westsider13 35 11 0 17 7
24 20 4 jacinto 28 11 8 9 0
17 21 -4 Wardy1700 27 0 9 9 9
25 21 4 jamesmarkgraham 27 11 9 0 7
29 23 6 GTCrane 25 17 0 0 8
21 24 -3 Zee Samnani 22 0 0 9 13
22 25 -3 MarcusEarth 20 0 7 0 13
23 26 -3 Norwegian Would 18 0 0 9 9
26 27 -1 tecate 10 0 0 10 0
27 28 -1 CascadiaCaps 9 0 0 9 0
28 29 -1 ArrSea 8 0 8 0 0
30 30 0 Markuss 8 0 0 8 0

Match in Review (Seattle Sounders) and Preview (Portland Timbers)

It is amazing what happens to lineup predictions when we don't have to predict multiple matches in a week! Sure enough, having no Champions League resulted in everyone doing well in their predictions. The lowest prediction was 9, while Olikchivas scored a perfect 11/11. That means they also picked up the 3 bonus points! Extending their lead at the top, just like last season, is Arjon, who correctly predicted the winner (Whitecaps) and score (2-1). Jph003 opened up a 6 point lead over 3rd place mattock, with a correct winner prediction. Not a lot of movement lower down the standings, although, we did see a 3-place jump from AtlantisB, GreyHouseEffect, and GTCrane.

Like in the overall standings, Arjon is leading the April standings. However, close on their tail is WestCoastCule. justcaps made a big jump, up 7 places, while GTCrane also moved up 6 positions.

This weekend, the Vancouver Whitecaps will play in Portland. The game should be a challenging one, with the Timbers being the best offensive squad thus far. However, it is rumored that Adi might be absent, thanks to a suspension. If that happens, it could aid the Caps in coming away with points.

The Whitecaps lineup should look similar to last week. With a full week's rest, short travel, and no changes to the injury situation, could we see the exact same lineup or do we see a few minor tweaks? Maybe at the DM position? I think the participants who get the most points this week will do so by correctly predicting the score as lineups should be strong again.

KNOWN OUT (Will be updated as information becomes available)

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

Suspension: NONE

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