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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match #31 -Toronto FC)

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The Vancouver Whitecaps travel to Toronto to take on TFC. Time to get your Starting Xi and Final Score predictions in for this Canadian tilt!

MLS: Canadian Championship-Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to another season of our Vancouver Whitecaps contest “Guess the Starting XI and Final Score”. As is tradition, thanks to former regular Spencer for starting this several years ago. It has grown into a great contest and I am appreciative of him for the original idea. Like last season, we will break the contest up into the three ‘seasons’: first half, second half, and non-MLS. We will continue to have fun monthly ‘bonus’ prediction categories, with some being based on whatever it topical at the time. Last season we had things like “Robbo post-match quotes”, “yellow cards”, “first goal scorer”, and several others. However, to start the season, we will keep March simple. With that out of the way, let’s remind you all how the scoring is done.

Contest Details

  • Contest article will be posted 2-3 days prior to game day.
  • We will keep track of first half, 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, each half of the season will be based on 17 matches, with your worst two match predictions being dropped. This will allow everyone a few misses or bad guesses throughout the season.
  • Predictions will be ‘valid’ if posted HERE 1.5 hours prior to kickoff (or half an hour prior to the lineup being officially announced).

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!

After each match, I will tally the scores and update the standings, which will be posted with the following match’s prediction article. I will post three sets of standings. First, the results from the previous match. Second, the monthly standings. Third, the first/second half standings (with your worst two match predictions removed).

Match #34 (Portland Timbers) Standings

Ranking User Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal
Ranking User Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal
1 edmondk 25 11 3 5 3 3
2 The Squirrel 23 11 3 5 1 3
3 Arjon 22 10 1 5 3 3
3 Island Life 22 10 1 5 3 3
5 tecate 20 11 3 5 1 0
6 rtomsheck 18 9 0 5 1 3
7 chuckbiscuits 16 10 1 5 0 0
8 AtlantisB 15 11 3 0 1 0
8 GreyHouseEffect 15 10 1 0 1 3
10 CascadiaCrunchFC 11 10 1 0 0 0
10 Isabelt 11 10 1 0 0 0

September/October Standings

Rank User TOTAL SJE SEA DALLAS LAG TFC KC LAFC POR
Rank User TOTAL SJE SEA DALLAS LAG TFC KC LAFC POR
1 GreyHouseEffect 123 16 25 16 15 9 16 11 15
2 chuckbiscuits 117 20 25 12 15 10 11 8 16
3 tecate 112 15 14 19 9 11 9 15 20
4 CascadiaCrunchFC 111 19 17 16 14 9 17 8 11
5 Arjon 109 16 12 12 14 9 15 9 22
6 Isabelt 108 16 22 11 14 9 17 8 11
7 edmondk 105 19 14 12 13 0 14 8 25
8 Island Life 103 15 9 15 15 8 11 8 22
9 AdamP17 100 16 15 11 20 11 17 10 0
10 rtomsheck 99 16 14 14 9 14 9 5 18
11 AtlantisB 98 15 9 15 14 10 12 8 15
12 The Squirrel 97 19 0 10 15 10 12 8 23
13 AmandaC 79 15 9 10 14 8 11 12 0
14 Westsider13 67 0 15 14 14 7 17 0 0
15 Jph003 62 15 11 11 14 11 0 0 0
16 Jitsuo 46 14 9 12 0 0 11 0 0
17 hbamaral 42 14 9 11 8 0 0 0 0
18 dfree646 37 17 0 11 9 0 0 0 0
19 Jstebeck 34 15 11 0 8 0 0 0 0
20 BlackPanther99 30 19 0 0 0 0 11 0 0
21 freewheeling 29 15 0 14 0 0 0 0 0
22 olikchivas 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Second Half Standings

Ranking User Overall Score Match #18 Match #19 Match #20 Match #21 Match #22 Match #23 Match #24 Match #25 Match #26 Match #27 Match #28 Match #29 Match #30 Match #31 Match #32 Match #33 Match #34
Ranking User Overall Score Match #18 Match #19 Match #20 Match #21 Match #22 Match #23 Match #24 Match #25 Match #26 Match #27 Match #28 Match #29 Match #30 Match #31 Match #32 Match #33 Match #34
1 The Squirrel 206 7 10 17 14 15 11 9 17 19 19 0 10 15 10 12 8 20
2 chuckbiscuits 205 9 10 19 14 15 4 8 8 19 17 22 12 15 10 11 8 16
3 GreyHouseEffect 203 8 13 15 15 9 0 10 8 19 16 22 16 15 9 16 8 12
4 CascadiaCrunchFC 202 8 9 17 15 11 8 9 11 19 19 17 16 14 9 17 8 11
5 Isabelt 198 9 14 14 15 15 7 9 9 16 16 19 11 14 9 17 8 11
6 Arjon 194 8 14 17 17 13 4 9 6 16 16 9 9 14 9 15 9 19
7 AtlantisB 187 8 10 17 12 14 8 9 11 19 15 9 12 14 10 12 8 15
7 tecate 187 6 10 16 0 0 5 17 7 20 15 11 19 9 11 9 12 20
9 edmondk 184 7 8 14 15 13 5 9 8 14 16 11 12 13 0 14 8 22
10 Island Life 178 7 16 9 11 16 3 8 6 15 15 9 12 15 8 11 8 19
11 rtomsheck 173 6 14 0 11 16 6 11 0 19 16 11 11 9 14 9 5 15
12 AdamP17 164 7 9 15 9 0 5 7 7 8 16 15 11 17 11 17 10 0
13 AmandaC 162 9 14 10 8 8 6 6 15 16 15 9 10 14 8 11 9 0
14 Jph003 161 9 13 8 19 14 8 6 5 17 15 11 11 14 11 0 0 0
15 Westsider13 158 9 9 15 14 7 8 9 8 12 0 15 14 14 7 17 0 0
16 dfree646 136 7 14 11 9 13 8 13 8 16 17 0 11 9 0 0 0 0
16 hbamaral 136 6 13 9 16 14 5 7 7 17 14 9 11 8 0 0 0 0
18 BlackPanther99 133 9 16 11 11 11 7 14 8 19 16 0 0 0 0 11 0 0
19 olikchivas 105 8 9 10 17 14 7 6 0 19 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Jstebeck 102 5 0 0 9 14 9 16 0 15 15 11 0 8 0 0 0 0
21 Jitsuo 84 7 10 14 0 0 0 7 0 0 14 9 12 0 0 11 0 0
22 freewheeling 59 0 0 14 0 0 4 0 0 15 15 0 11 0 0 0 0 0
23 ZTJ9901 50 6 13 0 17 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 MarcoD77 47 8 14 11 9 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 MacMhuirrich 38 6 9 9 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Cashen 32 0 0 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 robbosg1 20 12 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 CWilkins 14 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Match Review (FC Dallas) and Preview (LA Galaxy)

The first match in the non-Robinson era went as expected: LA Galaxy victory. However, there were a few surprises. As JStebeck predicted “The major change we might see is tactically…”. The Vancouver Whitecaps came out in a 4-1-4-1, with Teibert playing further up the field. Additionally, the late injury news meant that Mezquida started in place of Reyna. Jph003 was the only one to correctly predict that. Perhaps a more bold prediction was Westsider13’s one of Emnes starting. We all were far too optimistic in the Whitecaps scoring ability (amazing how that has changed isn’t it!), with only our high-point getter AdamP 17 predicting a shutout (more on hims shortly). I think edmondk said it best when he followed their prediction up with “Change my score to 4-1 LA. Ibrahimovic is going to kill us, and I think I’m being generous by predicting even a goal.” Sometimes you gotta go with your gut instead of your heart, like tecate did last match (and noted they were not happy about being correct in this week’s comments).

The big winner this match was AdamP 17, who ended up with 20 points, while his next closest competitors were chuckbiscuits, GreyHouseEffect, Island Life, and The Squirrel, who each had 15 points. AdamP 17 was aided by being the only one to correctly predict the 3-0 scoreline (several of us had 3-1 LA), and correctly predict (and actually write) ‘no scorer’. Congrats!

Turning to the September/October standings, chuckbiscuits and GreyHouseEffect remain tied for the lead at 72, with CascadiaCrunchFC six back at 66. Don’t forget, the contest runs until the end of the season, meaning we are still having the ‘first goal scorer’ bonus prediction. Get it correct and receive an extra three points to your match total. A reminder, if you are predicting no goal scorer, you need to write that.

In the Second Half standings, chuckbiscuits has a two point lead over GreyHouseEffect, with CascadiaCrunchFC three points back, The Squirrel four points, and Isabelt rounding out the top five, eight points back of the leader.

We are making a bit of a change at 86Forever in our pre-match coverage. To reduce repetition and to be more well-rounded, we are going to have three pre-match articles. The first will be this contest, the second will be a scouting report, and the third will be the usual pre-match. As a result, I am going to cease from giving information on the match in this article. Instead, we will post a link to the Scouting Report and Pre-Match in this article, as they become available.

That is all from me. Good luck with your predictions this weekend!