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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match 11: Sporting Kansas City)

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Vancouver Whitecaps host Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. Who is in your Starting XI for the Caps?

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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!

Additional May Scoring (Goal Scorer)

·         You can predict one goal scorer for the Whitecaps (if you post multiple scorers, I will take the first one you write as your prediction).

·         If you correctly predict the goal scorer, you get 3 additional points. If you incorrectly predict the goal scorer, you lose 1 point.

·         You can a) choose to predict a goal scorer, b) predict no Whitecaps player will score, or c) elect to not make any prediction.

·         If you do not make a scorer prediction you will not lose any 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 results from the previous match with the monthly standings. . The second is the first half standings (with your worst two match predictions removed).

PREVIOUS MATCH STANDINGS with MAY STANDINGS

Previous Ranking Current Ranking Chang in User May Match 10 (Houston Dynamo)
Ranking Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal Scorer
3 1 2 edmondk 40 11 3 5 3 -1
12 2 10 Arjon 40 11 3 5 3
3 3 0 DougCuth 39 11 3 5 1
3 4 -1 jacinto 38 11 3 5 0
12 5 7 Jph003 38 11 3 5 1
12 6 6 WestCoastCule 38 11 3 5 1
1 7 -6 olikchivas 36 11 3 0 1
3 8 -5 The Squirrel 34 11 3 0 1
3 9 -6 justcaps 34 11 3 0 1
17 10 7 Soccer Mum 34 11 3 5 1
3 11 -8 rtomsheck 33 11 3 0 0
3 12 -9 GreyHouseEffect 33 11 3 0 1 -1
3 13 -10 BlackPanther99 32 11 3 0 0 -1
3 14 -11 MarcusEarth 32 11 3 0 0 -1
12 15 -3 chuckbiscuits 32 11 3 0 1 -1
1 16 -15 MarcoD77 31 10 1 0 0 -1
16 17 -1 AtlantisB 30 11 3 0 1 -1
19 18 1 Westsider13 25 9 0 5 0
18 19 -1 forbrydelsen 23 10 1 0 1 -1

FIRST HALF STANDINGS (MATCHES 1 TO 17)

Previous Rank Current Ranking Change in User Overall
Ranking Score
1 1 0 Arjon 131
2 2 0 Jph003 121
2 3 -1 chuckbiscuits 116
2 3 -1 olikchivas 116
6 5 1 AtlantisB 114
8 5 3 WestCoastCule 114
6 7 -1 rtomsheck 113
5 8 -3 MarcoD77 111
9 9 0 The Squirrel 108
10 10 0 justcaps 107
14 10 4 DougCuth 107
11 12 -1 BlackPanther99 104
17 12 5 edmondk 104
13 14 -1 forbrydelsen 100
15 15 0 GreyHouseEffect 99
11 16 -5 mattock 98
18 16 2 Soccer Mum 98
16 18 -2 Westsider13 97
19 19 0 jacinto 88
19 20 -1 MarcusEarth 83
21 21 0 Tanzaniamagic 52
22 22 0 jamesmarkgraham 50
23 23 0 Wardy1700 41
24 24 0 Norwegian Would 38
25 25 0 GTCrane 33
26 26 0 soccerdad66 32
27 27 0 Zee Samnani 22
28 28 0 smatthew 20
29 29 0 Acumen 9
29 29 0 CalgaryRik 9
29 29 0 RedArmyNic 9
29 29 0 WRCAPS 9
33 33 0 ArrSea 8

Match in Review (Houston Dynamo) and Preview (Sporting Kansas City)

Another match, another high scoring week for participants. Some were optimistic the Caps could get some more points on the road, but for those that knew better, it was a very strong week. Ignoring goal scorer, we will get to that shortly, we had 2 perfect weeks (edmondk and Arjon). A close second were DougCuth, Jph003, WestCoastCule, and Soccer Mum. Each had a perfect lineup and winner prediction. Now about those goal scorers. It was interesting. The last match everyone wanted to try out the new goal scorer category. This match, a lot less. In fact, half of the participants did not make a prediction. Those that did were all wrong. Maybe this is more challenging than we thought. Surprisingly, or maybe not, no one picked Shea to get another. In my case, my prediction (Mezquida) never even entered the match!. Will be interesting to see what predictions are like this week, given that it is a home match.

Speaking of the home match, the Caps will face Sporting Kansas City. It will be their first match at home in a while. With the same lineup the last four matches, it seems logical that we see it again. However, this is a home match. While the Caps will want to show well at home, don't forget SKC is a GOOD defensive team. They shutout the best in the league; even on the road. This could actually be a tough one to predict. Adding to the complexity, SKC had a midweek match against Seattle. The bad news is that they beat Seattle 3-0. Tricky, tricky.

KNOWN OUT (Will be updated as information becomes available)

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

Suspension: NONE