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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match 09: Colorado Rapids)

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It is Match 9. We recap the final tallies from April and test out a new scoring category (goal scorer)

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 THREE different sets of standings. The first is the FINAL April Standings. The second is the results from Montreal match. The third is the First Half Standings (excluding each participant's worst two match predictions).

FINAL APRIL STANDINGS

Previous Current Chang in User Overall MTL POR SEA RSL TIGRES LA
Ranking Ranking Ranking Score
1 1 0 Arjon 87 9 19 19 13 14 13
2 2 0 AtlantisB 83 10 19 17 7 17 13
3 2 1 WestCoastCule 83 17 12 16 8 17 13
8 4 4 rtomsheck 80 19 11 16 9 11 14
4 5 -1 chuckbiscuits 79 15 17 11 8 15 13
5 5 0 Jph003 79 16 12 14 14 14 9
8 7 1 olikchivas 78 17 17 14 9 12 9
14 8 6 MarcoD77 74 16 12 12 9 11 14
5 9 -4 mattock 73 10 19 12 14 10 8
7 9 -2 GreyHouseEffect 73 11 17 11 9 16 9
11 11 0 Soccer Mum 71 12 17 11 7 17 7
11 11 0 The Squirrel 71 12 19 11 9 12 8
16 13 3 justcaps 69 15 12 17 9 9 7
15 14 1 DougCuth 68 11 17 11 10 10 9
16 15 1 edmondk 66 12 12 11 9 15 7
10 16 -6 BlackPanther99 60 0 12 17 9 9 13
18 16 2 Westsider13 60 8 17 11 0 17 7
11 18 -7 forbrydelsen 59 0 17 11 13 10 8
19 18 1 jacinto 59 19 12 11 8 9 0
21 20 1 MarcusEarth 49 17 12 0 7 0 13
20 21 -1 Tanzaniamagic 37 0 0 11 8 9 9
22 22 0 Zee Samnani 31 0 9 0 0 9 13
23 23 0 Wardy1700 27 0 0 0 9 9 9
23 23 0 jamesmarkgraham 27 0 0 11 9 0 7
25 25 0 GTCrane 25 0 0 17 0 0 8
26 26 0 Norwegian Would 18 0 0 0 0 9 9
27 27 0 tecate 10 0 0 0 0 10 0
28 28 0 CascadiaCaps 9 0 0 0 0 9 0
29 29 0 ArrSea 8 0 0 0 8 0 0
29 29 0 Markuss 8 0 0 0 0 8 0

WEEK 8 RESULTS

User Overall Match 8 (Montreal Impact)
Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score
rtomsheck 19 10 1 5 3
jacinto 19 10 1 5 3
WestCoastCule 17 9 0 5 3
olikchivas 17 9 0 5 3
MarcusEarth 17 9 0 5 3
Jph003 16 10 1 5 0
MarcoD77 16 8 0 5 3
chuckbiscuits 15 9 0 5 1
justcaps 15 9 0 5 1
The Squirrel 12 10 1 0 1
edmondk 12 10 1 0 1
Soccer Mum 12 10 1 0 1
DougCuth 11 10 1 0 0
GreyHouseEffect 11 10 1 0 0
mattock 10 9 0 0 1
AtlantisB 10 9 0 0 1
Arjon 9 9 0 0 0
Westsider13 8 8 0 0 0

FIRST HALF STANDINGS (BEST 6 MATCHES)

Current Ranking Change in User Overall
Ranking Score
1 0 Arjon 90
2 0 AtlantisB 82
2 2 chuckbiscuits 82
2 5 Jph003 82
5 -2 mattock 81
6 -2 olikchivas 79
6 5 rtomsheck 79
8 3 MarcoD77 78
9 -2 forbrydelsen 76
10 1 WestCoastCule 75
11 -7 The Squirrel 73
11 3 justcaps 73
13 -6 Westsider13 72
14 -7 BlackPanther99 70
15 0 DougCuth 67
16 0 GreyHouseEffect 64
17 -1 Soccer Mum 63
18 0 edmondk 62
19 2 Tanzaniamagic 52
20 1 jacinto 50
20 4 jamesmarkgraham 50
22 -3 MarcusEarth 49
23 2 Wardy1700 41
24 -3 Norwegian Would 38
25 3 GTCrane 33
26 -7 soccerdad66 32
27 -1 Zee Samnani 22
28 -1 smatthew 20
29 0 Acumen 9
29 0 CalgaryRik 9
29 0 RedArmyNic 9
29 0 WRCAPS 9
33 0 ArrSea 8

Match in Review (Montreal Impact) and Preview (Colorado Rapids)

A lot to review, so I will try to be quick. First, congrats to Arjon for having the best score in April. If I would have predicted a Caps victory, rather than an Impact victory, I would have overtaken him. Oh well!

Speaking of Montreal Impact match, congrats to rtomsheck and jacinto who had excellent weeks. Their only misstep was one lineup prediction. Nicely done. A lot of high scores this week.

To make the first half standings a bit more interesting, I have adjusted the scoring. I have it setup so that we remove your worst two weeks. This gives participants an opportunity to score well even if they have one or two bad weeks, or miss inputting a prediction. In those standings, Arjon has a bit of a lead, but there is a logjam for second!

On to Colorado. It is another Friday night match, and in the thin air of Colorado. Colorado has not looked very good this season, so it is an opportunity for the Vancouver Whitecaps to get their second straight road victory. Carl Robinson has had a bit of a different lineup the last few matches. Do we see that continue as it seems to have been effective. Or does he revert back to his old formation? Robinson is trying to manage the minutes of Davies. That has resulted in him sitting of late. Does he get a spot start here or does he come off the bench again?

Finally, I am going to test out a new scoring category. I will begin simple and we will see about adjusting it next month. It should be noted that this is 'testing' so I will keep track of it (and report the results in the May Standings) but I will not include it in the First Half or Overall Standings.

NEW SCORING CATEGORY

In addition to your Starting XI and Final Score predictions, you can pick 1 goal scorer for the Whitecaps (we will keep it at 1 for now). If you can correctly predict a goal scorer than you will receive 3 points. If you incorrectly predict a goal scorer you will LOSE 1 point. You can predict no goal scorer and you can choose not to give a goal scorer (meaning you don't get the opportunity to gain 3 points but you don't risk losing a point either). Hope that is clear. I will try to answer any questions in the comments.

GOOD LUCK!

KNOWN OUT (Will be updated as information becomes available)

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

Suspension: