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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match 13: Atlanta United)

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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!

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.

PREVIOUS MATCH STANDINGS (Top 20 with all matches include)

Previous Rank Current Ranking Change in User Overall Match 12 (DC United)
Ranking Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score
1 1 0 Arjon 175 10 1 0 1
2 2 0 Jph003 172 10 1 0 0
5 3 2 WestCoastCule 156 10 1 0 0
7 4 3 rtomsheck 154 10 1 0 0
3 5 -2 AtlantisB 153 10 1 0 1
3 6 -3 chuckbiscuits 152 10 1 0 0
7 6 1 MarcoD77 152 10 1 0 0
6 8 -2 olikchivas 149 10 1 0 1
9 9 0 justcaps 148 10 1 0 1
13 9 4 BlackPanther99 148 11 3 0 1
12 11 1 edmondk 146 10 1 0 0
9 12 -3 The Squirrel 144 10 1 0 0
9 13 -4 DougCuth 142 10 1 0 1
14 14 0 forbrydelsen 135 10 1 0 1
17 15 2 Soccer Mum 134 10 1 0 0
15 16 -1 GreyHouseEffect 131 10 1 0 0
16 17 -1 Westsider13 123 9 0 0 1
19 18 1 jacinto 119 10 1 0 1
20 19 1 MarcusEarth 113 10 1 0 0
18 20 -2 mattock 98

FIRST HALF STANDINGS (MATCHES 1 TO 17 with WORST 2 MATCHES REMOVED)

Previous Rank Current Ranking Change in User Overall
Ranking Score
1 1 0 Arjon 157
2 2 0 Jph003 152
3 3 0 rtomsheck 143
4 4 0 WestCoastCule 142
8 5 3 BlackPanther99 141
5 6 -1 MarcoD77 139
7 6 1 olikchivas 139
6 8 -2 chuckbiscuits 138
9 9 0 AtlantisB 137
10 10 0 justcaps 136
11 11 0 edmondk 135
12 12 0 The Squirrel 133
13 13 0 DougCuth 130
14 14 0 Soccer Mum 129
15 15 0 forbrydelsen 127
16 16 0 GreyHouseEffect 125
17 17 0 jacinto 120
18 18 0 Westsider13 116
19 19 0 MarcusEarth 113
20 20 0 mattock 98
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 (D.C. United) and Preview (Atlanta United)

Well, that D.C. United match was unexpected wasn't it! Obviously, no one predicted the Vancouver Whitecaps would lose, so it was a low scoring week. However, shout-out to BlackPanther who correctly predicted the lineup. That bumped them up three spots in the First Half standings. It is still a two-horse race though in those standings, between Arjon and Jph003. Remember though, we are going to match 17, so we still have some time for others to catch them. Anything could happen.

On Saturday, the Caps will face Atlanta United (I keep trying to write Atlantis). While this is a home match, it will certainly be a challenge. Miguel Almerion is two-week MLS Player of the Week and has shown that the money Atlanta paid has been worth it. Yet, this isn't a one-man attack. He has had plenty of support from his teammates. What is scary is that their main striker has been absent of late and they are still clicking. This could be a tough one for the Caps and a high scoring one too.

Matias Laba will be back from his suspension, so I would expect him to be in the lineup, however, on Tuesday, the Caps saw Nicolas Mezquida go down with a high ankle sprain. Those are always difficult, so don't expect to see him for some time. While Bernie Ibini is practicing, he probably is a few weeks away still. Will Carl Robinson go with his typical lineup or do we see something different? Something tells me it will be a high lineup prediction week. The key will be correctly predicting a win/loss/draw.

Good luck!

KNOWN OUT (Will be updated as information becomes available)

Injury: Brett Levis, David Edgar, Yordy Reyna, Erik Hurtado, Christian Dean, Bernie IbiniNicolás Mezquida

Suspension: None