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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match #13 - FC Dallas

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MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-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).

Previous Match Standings (San Jose)

Ranking User Overall Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal
Ranking User Overall Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal
1 CascadiaCrunchFC 15 11 3 0 1 0
2 CWilkins 14 6 0 5 3 0
3 robbosg1 12 10 1 0 1 0
3 ZTJ99901 12 10 1 0 1 0
3 BlackPanther99 12 9 0 0 1 2
6 AmandaC 11 10 1 0 0 0
6 dfree646 11 10 1 0 0 0
6 hbamarai 11 10 1 0 0 0
6 The Squirrel 11 8 0 0 1 2
6 MacMhuirrich 11 6 0 5 0 0
11 AdamP 17 10 9 0 0 1 0
11 Arjon 10 9 0 0 1 0
11 edmondk 10 9 0 0 1 0
14 AtlantisB 9 9 0 0 0 0
14 chuckbiscuits 9 9 0 0 0 0
14 lrfanD 9 9 0 0 0 0
14 olikchivas 9 9 0 0 0 0
14 rtomsheck 9 9 0 0 0 0
14 tecate 9 9 0 0 0 0
14 Caps72 9 8 0 0 1 0
14 GreyHouseEffect 9 8 0 0 1 0
14 Westsider13 9 8 0 0 1 0
23 Adamhutchison31 8 8 0 0 0 0
23 Island Life 8 8 0 0 0 0
23 Jph003 8 8 0 0 0 0
23 MarcoD77 8 8 0 0 0 0
23 progers50 8 8 0 0 0 0
28 JStebeck 7 7 0 0 0 0

First Half Standings (Excluding Worst Two Matches)

Current Ranking User Overall Score Match #1 Match #2 Match #3 Match #4 Match #5 Match #6 Match #7 Match #8 Match #9 Match #10 Match #11 Match #12
Current Ranking User Overall Score Match #1 Match #2 Match #3 Match #4 Match #5 Match #6 Match #7 Match #8 Match #9 Match #10 Match #11 Match #12
1 GreyHouseEffect 133 22 12 12 14 8 16 16 14 8 10 7 9
2 Arjon 131 22 9 13 9 7 17 11 14 13 13 8 10
2 Westsider13 131 15 8 12 16 11 15 14 15 4 16 7 9
4 CascadiaCrunchFC 130 22 11 14 14 7 9 9 17 7 10 9 15
5 BlackPanther99 126 20 16 7 15 15 9 9 11 12 8 9 10
5 edmondk 126 22 10 13 11 7 9 14 14 13 10 7 10
7 dfree646 125 19 17 11 14 14 6 8 13 0 9 9 11
8 AmandaC 124 16 11 7 9 6 16 11 15 12 13 10 11
8 AtlantisB 124 20 11 14 16 6 10 10 14 12 8 8 9
8 chuckbiscuits 124 20 17 6 11 16 8 9 16 8 10 8 9
8 hbamaral 124 20 17 7 9 10 8 8 16 13 12 5 11
8 Island Life 124 20 12 8 14 15 9 10 14 13 9 7 8
8 robbosg1 124 22 12 12 0 0 10 9 15 12 14 6 12
14 CWilkins 121 19 9 13 12 13 8 9 13 5 8 11 14
14 olikchivas 121 20 12 13 12 8 10 8 14 13 10 8 9
16 rtomsheck 120 19 19 8 12 9 9 9 11 13 10 7 9
17 ZTJ99901 117 22 12 7 11 9 9 9 9 6 13 11 12
18 tecate 116 15 11 8 0 7 17 8 11 15 15 7 9
19 AdamP 17 113 19 11 9 12 9 9 7 17 8 9 7 10
19 The Squirrel 113 20 12 13 11 8 9 8 13 8 10 6 9
21 progers50 112 0 19 13 11 8 9 7 14 13 9 8 8
22 lrfanD 110 19 15 7 11 8 8 12 8 13 7 0 9
23 Jph003 108 20 12 8 10 7 9 8 9 15 9 7 8
24 Jitsuo 105 0 12 7 12 0 17 13 11 14 11 8 0
25 JStebeck 100 0 17 7 10 12 9 9 8 13 8 0 7
26 Adamhutchison31 98 17 0 0 9 17 10 8 9 14 6 0 8
27 Cashen 89 19 12 0 0 9 9 13 14 13 0 0 0
28 Caps72 68 0 0 0 0 16 0 9 12 7 8 7 9
29 Slowkid 62 20 0 8 9 0 8 0 17 0 0 0 0
30 MarcoD77 60 0 0 6 9 8 10 0 0 12 7 0 8
31 MacMhuirrich 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 10 7 11
32 Marcus Earth 29 0 17 0 11 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
32 Tdahl 25 17 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 TrevFresh 23 12 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 jacinto 16 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 dallasroad 12 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 Alan Osborne 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 matthew fjermestad 7 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

May Standings

Current Ranking User Overall Score at MIN vs HOU vs SJ
Current Ranking User Overall Score at MIN vs HOU vs SJ
1 ZTJ99901 36 13 11 12
2 AmandaC 34 13 10 11
3 CWilkins 33 8 11 14
4 robbosg1 32 14 6 12
4 Westsider13 32 16 7 9
6 Arjon 31 13 8 10
6 tecate 31 15 7 9
8 CascadiaCrunchFC 30 8 7 15
9 BlackPanther99 29 8 9 12
9 dfree646 29 9 9 11
11 hbamaral 28 12 5 11
11 MacMhuirrich 28 10 7 11
11 Caps72 28 10 9 9
14 chuckbiscuits 27 10 8 9
14 edmondk 27 10 7 10
14 The Squirrel 27 10 6 11
14 olikchivas 27 10 8 9
18 AdamP 17 26 9 7 10
18 GreyHouseEffect 26 10 7 9
18 rtomsheck 26 10 7 9
21 AtlantisB 25 8 8 9
21 progers50 25 9 8 8
23 Jph003 24 9 7 8
23 Island Life 24 9 7 8
25 Jitsuo 19 11 8 0
26 lrfanD 16 7 0 9
27 JStebeck 15 8 0 7
27 MarcoD77 15 7 0 8
29 Adamhutchison31 14 6 0 8

Match in Review (San Jose Earthquakes) Preview (FC Dallas)

Another disappointing draw. Predictors were so confident in the scoreline that only our own CWilkins correctly predicted the draw. Bonus, they predicted a 2-2 draw! Unfortunately, CWilkin’s dreadful lineup prediction score (6) meant that he did not repeat as match leader. That title went to CascadiaCrunchFC, who was the only person to predict a correct lineup.

We finally had two people (BlackPanther99 and The Squirrel) get the bonus for correctly predicting the first goal scorer, Techera. There would have been three, if I had not switched to Reyna. Do I get a bonus point for correctly predicting the two goal scorers, but just in the wrong order? No? Okay.

GreyHouseEffect maintains their lead in the First Half Standings, with 133 points. They are followed by Arjon and Westsider13 at 131 points. CascadiaCrunchFC (130) and BlackPanther99/edmondk (126) round out the top five. There is a six-way tie for 8th! Should be a good finish to the first half.

In the monthly standings, ZTJ99901 has the lead with 36 points, followed by AmandaC at 34. CWilkin’s two back-to-back good matches puts them in third, with 33 points. robbosg1 and Westsider13 round out the top five, both tied at 32 points.

The Caps now travel to Texas to take on FC Dallas. Prior to last season’s victory, Vancouver had never obtained a point in Dallas. It is earlier in the season, so the heat will not be too bad. However, it is a difficult place to play. With how the Whitecaps have been performing of late, it is anyone’s guess what will be the final score.

Speaking of anyone’s guess. It is a quick turnaround for the Whitecaps, as they play Saturday at 1pm. Therefore, I expect to see some rotation. Who gets rotated though? That is unclear. A few people are calling for Melvin to make his debut in net, but I see Rowe staying put. Felipe and Reyna had good matches, but Reyna came off with ten minutes left due to tightness in his calf. Does that mean he sits this one out? Does Davies get a rest? What happens at the back in defense (Nerwinski?) and midfield (Teibert?).

Time to make your predictions!

Known Out (Updated as information becomes known)

Injury: Jordon Mutch; Stefan Marinovic

Suspension: None