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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match #7 -LAFC)

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The Vancouver Whitecaps play new club LAFC in a rare Friday Night Lights match. Get your Lineup and Score predictions in!

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Real Salt Lake Jeff Swinger-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.

P.S. I would love if someone would create a great little graphic that we could use for these articles!

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 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!

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).

MLS Match #9 (Real Salt Lake)

Ranking User Overall Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Sub
Ranking User Overall Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Sub
1 Jph003 15 7 0 5 3 0
2 tecate 15 7 0 5 3 0
2 Adamhutchison31 14 8 0 5 1 0
2 AtlantisB 14 7 0 5 0 2
2 Jitsuo 14 8 0 5 1 0
6 Arjon 13 7 0 5 1 0
6 Cashen 13 7 0 5 1 0
6 edmondk 13 7 0 5 1 0
6 hbamaral 13 7 0 5 1 0
6 IrfanD 13 7 0 5 1 0
6 Island Life 13 7 0 5 1 0
6 JStebeck 13 7 0 5 1 0
6 olikchivas 13 7 0 5 1 0
6 progers50 13 7 0 5 1 0
6 rtomsheck 13 7 0 5 1 0
16 BlackPanther99 12 6 0 5 1 0
16 AmandaC 12 6 0 5 1 0
16 MarcoD77 12 7 0 5 0 0
16 robbosg1 12 7 0 5 0 0
20 AdamP 17 8 8 0 0 0 0
20 chuckbiscuits 8 7 0 0 1 0
20 GreyHouseEffect 8 7 0 0 1 0
20 MacMhuirrich 8 8 0 0 0 0
20 The Squirrel 8 7 0 0 1 0
25 Caps72 7 7 0 0 0 0
25 CascadiaCrunchFC 7 7 0 0 0 0
27 ZTJ9901 6 6 0 0 0 0
28 CWilkins 5 5 0 0 0 0
29 Westsider13 4 4 0 0 0 0

First Half Standings (Excluding Worst 2 Matches)

Previous Rank Current Ranking Change in Rank User Overall Score Match #1 Match #2 Match #3 Match #4 Match #5 Match #6 Match #7 Match #8 Match #9
Previous Rank Current Ranking Change in Rank User Overall Score Match #1 Match #2 Match #3 Match #4 Match #5 Match #6 Match #7 Match #8 Match #9
1 1 0 GreyHouseEffect 106 22 12 12 14 8 16 16 14 8
5 2 3 Arjon 99 22 9 13 9 7 17 11 14 13
7 2 5 AtlantisB 99 20 11 14 16 6 10 10 14 14
5 4 1 BlackPanther99 98 20 16 7 15 15 9 9 11 12
7 4 3 Island Life 98 20 12 8 14 15 9 10 14 13
2 6 -4 chuckbiscuits 97 20 17 6 11 16 8 9 16 8
9 6 3 edmondk 97 22 10 13 11 7 9 14 14 13
4 8 -4 CascadiaCrunchFC 96 22 11 14 14 7 9 9 17 7
3 8 -5 dfree646 96 19 17 11 14 14 6 8 13 0
11 10 1 hbamaral 94 20 17 7 9 10 9 8 16 13
12 11 1 olikchivas 93 20 12 13 12 0 9 8 14 13
13 12 1 robbosg1 92 22 12 12 0 0 9 9 15 13
13 12 1 rtomsheck 92 19 19 8 12 9 9 9 11 13
10 14 -4 Westsider13 91 15 8 12 16 11 8 14 15 4
17 15 2 AmandaC 90 16 11 7 9 6 16 11 15 12
20 16 4 Cashen 89 19 12 0 0 9 9 13 14 13
13 17 -4 CWilkins 88 19 9 13 12 13 8 9 13 5
21 18 3 progers50 87 0 19 13 11 8 9 7 14 13
13 18 -5 The Squirrel 87 20 12 13 11 8 10 8 13 8
17 18 -1 ZTJ99901 87 22 12 7 11 9 15 9 9 6
19 21 -2 AdamP 17 86 19 11 9 12 9 9 7 17 8
23 21 2 Jitsuo 86 0 12 7 12 0 17 13 11 14
22 21 1 lrfanD 86 19 15 7 11 8 8 12 8 13
24 24 0 tecate 85 15 11 8 0 7 17 8 11 15
24 25 -1 Adamhutchison31 84 17 0 0 9 17 10 8 9 14
26 26 0 Jph003 83 20 12 8 10 7 9 8 9 15
27 27 0 JStebeck 79 0 17 7 10 12 10 9 8 13
28 28 0 Slowkid 62 20 0 8 9 0 8 0 17 0
30 29 1 MarcoD77 45 0 0 6 9 8 10 0 0 12
29 30 -1 Caps72 44 0 0 0 0 16 0 9 12 7
31 31 0 Marcus Earth 29 0 17 0 11 0 0 1 0 0
32 32 0 Tdahl 25 17 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 33 0 TrevFresh 23 12 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 34 0 jacinto 16 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- 35 NA MacMhuirrich 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
35 36 -1 Alan Osborne 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
35 36 -1 matthew fjermestad 7 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0

Match in Review (Real Salt Lake) and Preview (Los Angeles FC)

I am going to keep this short, because apparently only half of you read this! Like the previous match, we had a wide range in prediction scores. tecate took the match crown, with an overall score of 19. They were able to correctly predict 9 starters, but also the winner, final score, and the bonus for this month, the first substitute (Techera). I was nervous to see how the first sub points would work out. Was happy to see that of the 29 guessers, FOUR correctly predicted Techera as the first substitute. Only six correctly predicted an RSL win. A shoutout to our own Jitsuo, who made a lineup change that led to the only 10 of the week. That, coupled with the bonus lineup point, correctly predicting an RSL victory, and RSL scoring two goals meant they tied for second this week with Arjon.

I did not post a monthly standings because, well, they are the same as the match standings. However, you will see a new standings listed: First Half Standings. I have included all your match scores in the table, but remember, your WORST TWO are not included in your ‘overall score’. Meaning that despite not inputting a score for Match #6, BlackPanther99 is our leader, as their score of 66 is comprised of matches #1, #2, #4, and #5.

On to this week. It is a Friday night tilt, so don’t forget to get your picks in before heading home from work on Friday. It is a home match against the new LAFC. Will we see Jordan Harvey and/or Steven Beitashour starting? Harvey has only seen 8 minutes this season, so that is doubtful, however Beitashour has been a starter for all four matches thus far, so he should be good to go!

It has been noted that the Caps are 3-0 when Teibert starts. Do we see him get another start on Friday night? Ghazal didn’t get into the match in Salt Lake, probably because of altitude, but was dynamic when substituted on in Columbus. Does he get his first start of the season? LAFC have been entertaining but have given up a lot of goals lately. Could be a high scoring affair; although with the Whitecaps, probably not.

Time to get your predictions in. Don’t forget to guess the first substitute of the match for the Whitecaps. Get it correct and it is a bonus ‘2’ points to your weekly and monthly score (sorry, doesn’t count for First Half Standings).

Known Out (Updated as information becomes known)

Injury: Sean Franklin (quad strain), Yordy Reyna (questionable), Erik Hurtado (questionable)

Suspension: None

International Duty: None