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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match 29: Colorado Rapids)

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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.
  • The first/second Half standings will exclude your worst two match guesses.
  • 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.

September Standings & Previous Match

Previous Rank Current Ranking Change in Ranking User Overall Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Interval Score
Previous Rank Current Ranking Change in Ranking User Overall Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Interval Score
5 1 4 DougCuth 47 11 3 5 0 0
1 2 -1 dfree646 44 10 1 0 1 0
2 3 -1 rtomsheck 43 10 1 0 1 0
3 3 0 robbosg1 43 9 0 5 0 0
3 5 -2 jacinto 41 10 1 0 1 0
5 6 -1 AtlantisB 40 10 1 0 1 0
7 7 0 The Squirrel 39 10 1 0 1 0
7 8 -1 BlackPanther99 37 9 0 0 1 0
7 8 -1 olikchivas 37 9 0 0 1 0
11 10 1 chuckbiscuits 36 9 0 0 0 2
11 10 1 Jph003 36 9 0 0 0 2
13 10 3 Arjon 36 10 1 0 1 0
14 10 4 forbrydelsen 36 10 1 5 0 0
14 10 4 Rob R. Scott 36 8 0 5 3 0
10 15 -5 GreyHouseEffect 35 8 0 0 1 0
16 16 0 MarcoD77 30 10 1 0 0 0
17 17 0 Westsider13 29 11 3 0 1 0
- 18 - edmondk 9 8 0 0 1 0

Second Half Standings

Previous Rank Current Ranking Change in Ranking User Overall Score
Previous Rank Current Ranking Change in Ranking User Overall Score
1 1 0 olikchivas 125
2 2 0 chuckbiscuits 122
4 3 1 jacinto 120
4 3 1 dfree646 120
3 5 -2 BlackPanther99 119
6 6 0 AtlantisB 118
7 7 0 The Squirrel 116
12 7 5 DougCuth 116
11 9 2 robbosg1 115
9 10 -1 Arjon 114
9 10 -1 rtomsheck 114
8 12 -4 GreyHouseEffect 112
13 13 0 forbrydelsen 108
15 14 1 Westsider13 104
14 15 -1 edmondk 100
17 16 1 MarcoD77 99
15 17 -2 Jph003 98
18 17 1 Rob R. Scott 98
18 19 -1 MarcusEarth 82
20 20 0 justcaps 27
20 20 0 tecate 27
22 22 0 Joel Prosser 7

Match in Review (Columbus Crew) and Preview (Colorado Rapids)

It seems that the Columbus Crew match saw a lot of Vancouver Whitecaps fans predict with their heart rather than their gut. Nearly HALF of the predictions were for a 2-1 Whitecaps victory. Unfortunately, that did not materialize. There were also some heart lineup predictions with rtomscheck even writing de Jong (please Robbo). Still, we had a few high scores and solid predictions. Forbrydelsen predicted a late equaliser from the Whitecaps. Four participants predicted a draw, but only Rob R. Scott saw the 2-2 scoreline (the rest saw 1-1 as the final outcome). Although DougCuth did not predict the 2-2 scoreline they did predict the draw and were one of two to correctly predict the lineup (Westsider13 the other). A match total of 19 points vaulted DougCuth into first place for the September standings, dropping dfree646 into second.

In the overall standings, olikchivas remains three points ahead of chuckbiscuits. Given the current positions of Arjon and AtlantisB, I suspect we will have a new champion this half. Excited to see who it is. Still plenty of time left, and like the West, it is a tight race. 13 points separate 1st and 12th, with 10 points separating 1st and 9th, AND 6 points separating 1st and 5th. Get a correct winner prediction without your opponents correctly predicting and you vault up the standings!

Saturday, the Caps face one of, if not the worst, road team in the Colorado Rapids. The match seems like a safe bet for a win, but you never know. With the important road Cascadia match on Wednesday, do we see some players who have not played much get a start? Does Nerwinski sit in favor of Williams? Does Marinovic get his first start at home over Ousted? Does Reyna sit in favor of Mezquida? What about Ibini? Teibert has been strong in his starts. Maybe Tchani sits after three matches in a week. What about Jacobson, who has not played in a while? Sit Ghazal for this match, to save him for Wednesday/Saturday this upcoming week? Winner prediction seems easier, but that lineup could be something else.

Two final notes. Kendall Waston is suspended due to yellow card accumulation while Chrisian Bolanos is questionable, still recouping from his Costa Rica injury.

Known Out (will be updated as information becomes available)

Injured: Brett Levis, David Edgar, Matias Laba

Questionable: Christian Bolanos

Suspension: Kendall Waston (yellow card accumulation)