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Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2018 Roundup

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The Vancouver Whitecaps season is over, which means it is time for us to close out the 2018 Guess the Starting XI and Final Score prediction contest. We announce the winners and recap all the important statistics.

The Vancouver Whitecaps closed their 2018 MLS season out on Sunday with a (surprising) 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers. The match saw the club and fans say goodbye to Alphonso Davies, while Davies decided to go out in style scoring both Caps goals.

The victory led to some exciting conclusions to our yearly contest. But first, let’s look more closely at that final match. Despite all the changes since Craig Dalrymple took over, it seems that those of you that saw the contest through until the end (many didn’t) had a good idea of what the lineup would be. Three correctly predicted all 11 starters, while Isabelt predicted 10/11, knowing that they would be wrong on the Shea guess (and a Portland win!).

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

With Davies playing his last match, many wanted him to go out in style, scoring the club’s first goal of the match. Davies delivered and that meant that SIX of 11 received the three bonus points. We also had a perfect match prediction, including the bonus, from edmondk. Congrats on the 25 points! They were closely followed by The Squirrel (predicted 3-1 instead of 2-1; SO CLOSE!) and Island Life. Arjon wasn’t off by Mutch either (HA!), having Techera start instead of Mutch.

Finally, sorry tecate, no bonus points for getting close on the substitution time.

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

Congratulations go out to GreyHouseEffect who was able to hold off the competition and win the September/October contest. We had 22 people make predictions for the two months, and strangely there was not a single tie in scores by the end. Nicely spaced out!

However, it is now time for us to go on to the BIG contest. The Second Half standings! It was certainly exciting right to the end and gave us quite a surprise finish. And the winner of the Second Half Guess the Starting XI and Final Score is.......THE SQUIRREL!!!

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

The Squirrel’s 20 points in the final match had them leapfrog the chuckbiscuits -the leader for the majority of the second half-, GreyHouseEffect -the September/October winner-, and CascadiaCrunchFC. GreyHouseEffect and CascadiaCrunchFC took a risk, predicting a Portland victory, and it didn’t pay off for either of them. SO CLOSE at the top.

For the rest of us ‘also-ran’, here are the statistics from the Second Half, along with everyone’s total points scored. I have made it sortable, so you can see where you ranked in each scoring category. Congrats to CascadiaCrunchFC who had the best lineup average (9.12); The Squirrel who had three perfect lineup predictions; arjon and rtomsheck who each correctly predicted the winner 10 times (out of 17 matches); chuckbiscuits who did the best on predicting the final score (of any of our regular predictors); and chuckbiscuits, GreyHouseEffect, edmondk, rtomsheck, and arjon who each correctly predicted our monthly bonus category a high four times. Where did you finish?

Second Half Scoring Statistics

. Participant Lineup Perfect Lineups Winner Score Lineup Bonus Monthly Bonus
. Participant Lineup Perfect Lineups Winner Score Lineup Bonus Monthly Bonus
AdamP17 167 8.6 1 5 0.53 7 1
AmandaC 174 8.38 0 6 0.44 2 2
Arjon 216 8.35 0 10 0.76 4 4
AtlantisB 209 8.88 1 6 0.82 8 2
BlackPanther99 139 8.45 0 5 0.82 6 2
CascadiaCrunchFC 221 9.12 1 9 0.47 10 1
Cashen 32 1.75 0 2 1.25 2 0
chuckbiscuits 229 8.82 1 8 1.06 9 4
CWilkins 14 4.67 0 1 0 0 0
dfree646 136 8.58 0 5 0.33 4 0
edmondk 201 8.31 2 7 0.81 8 4
freewheeling 62 6.4 0 3 0.4 1 1
GreyHouseEffect 223 9.06 1 9 0.81 8 4
hbamaral 139 8.08 0 6 0.23 3 1
Isabelt 219 8.94 0 9 0.59 6 2
Island Life 197 8.47 0 6 0.47 6 3
Jitsuo 87 7.33 0 2 0.67 2 1
Jph003 164 8.43 0 7 0.64 4 1
JStebeck 102 7 0 5 0.6 1 0
MacMhuirrich 41 6.6 0 1 0 0 1
MarcoD77 47 6.67 0 2 0.17 1 0
olikchivas 105 7.5 1 4 0.7 3 0
robbosg1 23 5 0 1 0 0 1
rtomsheck 185 7.75 0 10 0.5 6 4
tecate 193 8.93 2 7 0.8 11 2
The Squirrel 216 8.88 3 9 0.94 11 1
Westsider13 158 8.29 0 6 0.71 2 0
ZTJ9901 50 8.25 0 3 0.25 1 0

Here is a list of all of our previous winners

2016

  • First Half Winner: Arjon (176 Points)
  • Second Half Winner: AtlantisB (208 Points)
  • Non-MLS Winner: Arjon (88 Points)

2017

  • First Half Winner: Arjon (221 Points)
  • Second Half Winner: dfree646 (194 Points)
  • Non-MLS Winner: AtlantisB (80 Points)
  • Monthly Winners
  • April: Arjon (87 Points)
  • May: jacinto (99 Points)
  • June: AtlantisB (69 Points)
  • August: chuckbiscuits (71 Points)
  • September: dfree646 (93 Points)

2018

  • First Half Winner: dfree646 (199 Points)
  • Second Half Winner: The Squirrel (206 Points)
  • Non-MLS Winner: rtomsheck (57 Points)
  • Monthly Winners
  • March: dfree646 (70 Points)
  • April: GreyHouseEffect (46 Points)
  • May: dfree646 (58 Points)
  • July: Arjon (93 Points)
  • August: AtlantisB & CascadiaCrunchFC (81 Points)
  • September/October: GreyHouseEffect (123 Points)

A big thanks to all of you that participated. We had a great turnout this year, and continue to get bigger. I hope you have enjoyed the contest. Also, if you have any feedback on how to make the contest better, please let me know in the comments. We have made some tweaks along the way and they seem to have paid off and made the contest much more exciting.