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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match #8 - SKC

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For a second Friday in a row, the Vancouver Whitecaps will be playing -this time in Kansas City. Make sure to get your Lineup and Score Predictions in and check out the recent standings.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Sporting KC Denny Medley-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

Final April Standings

Previous Rank Current Ranking Change in User Overall Score vs RSL at SKC vs LAFC at RSL
Previous Rank Current Ranking Change in User Overall Score vs RSL at SKC vs LAFC at RSL
3 1 2 Arjon 55 13 14 11 17
5 1 4 Jitsuo 55 14 11 13 17
1 3 -2 GreyHouseEffect 54 8 14 16 16
3 3 0 AmandaC 54 12 15 11 16
6 5 1 tecate 53 15 11 8 19
7 6 1 edmondk 50 13 14 14 9
9 7 2 Cashen 49 13 14 13 9
2 8 -6 Westsider13 48 4 15 14 15
10 8 2 Island Life 48 13 14 10 11
11 8 3 AtlantisB 48 14 14 10 10
11 11 0 robbosg1 46 12 15 9 10
15 12 3 hbamaral 45 13 16 8 8
15 12 3 olikchivas 45 13 14 8 10
7 14 -7 CascadiaCrunchFC 44 7 17 9 11
18 15 3 progers50 43 13 14 7 9
20 16 4 rtomsheck 42 13 11 9 9
13 17 -4 AdamP 17 41 8 17 7 9
13 17 -4 chuckbiscuits 41 8 16 9 8
20 17 3 BlackPanther99 41 12 11 9 9
22 17 5 IrfanD 41 13 8 12 8
23 17 6 Adamhutchison31 41 14 9 8 10
26 17 9 Jph003 41 15 9 8 9
15 23 -8 The Squirrel 40 8 13 8 11
26 24 2 JStebeck 39 13 8 9 9
18 25 -7 CWilkins 35 5 13 9 8
23 26 -3 ZTJ9901 33 6 9 9 9
29 27 2 Caps72 28 7 12 9 0
23 28 -5 dfree646 27 0 13 8 6
28 29 -1 Slowkid 25 0 17 0 8
30 30 0 MarcoD77 22 12 0 0 10
- 31 NA MacMhuirrich 8 8 0 0 0
31 32 -1 Alan Osborne 7 0 0 0 7
32 33 -1 MarcusEarth 1 0 0 1 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 (Lost Angeles Football Club) and Preview (Sporting Kansas City)

For the first time in a long time, the Vancouver Whitecaps lost two matches in a row. There were only five of you that predicted that the 11-game home unbeaten streak would come to an end -GreyhouseEffect, Westsider13, edmondk, Jitsuo, and Cashen- and your pessimism paid off! GreyHouseEffect rode that correct prediction, and 10/11 on their lineup prediction to a match high score of 16. They were followed by Westider13 and edmondk, who both ended with a score of 14.

I certainly enjoy reading your comments, and wanted to point to this one by Cashen “This lil guessing game we play every match is harder than picking the winning number in roulette”. So very true. While hbamaral’s prediction of de Yong being in the lineup was interesting. I assume you meant de Jong, so I gave you the benefit of the doubt and the point.

Several people scored 10/11 on their lineup prediction, only being stymied by the Kamara substitution. No one predicted Erik Hurtado...well, no one except Anna!

A lot of people had Ghazal as first substitute. Honestly, I was right there with you on that (or Shea). Instead, it ended up being the return of Yordy Reyna. rtomsheck had it correct, but ended up changing their prediction 10 minutes before lineups were announced. Oops!

The Whitecaps now travel to Sporting Kansas City, where they have been one of the few teams to have success over the past few seasons. Don’t forget, they stopped SKC’s long home-unbeaten streak last season. Vancouver will probably be without Kamara, but they are hopefully Blondell is back. Do we see Reyna slot back into the starting lineup? Many of us expected to see Ghazal get a start at BC Place, but Juarez and Teibert were chosen instead. Perhaps we see him this week?

Get your predictions in and we will see who is best. Don’t forget your first substitute prediction.

Known Out (Updated as information becomes known)

Injury: Sean Franklin, Jordan Mutch, Kei Kamara, Anthony Blondell (questionable)

Suspension: None

International Duty: None