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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match #14 -New England Revolution)

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MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at New England Revolution Winslow Townson-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 (FC Dallas)

Ranking User Overall Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal
Ranking User Overall Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal
1 dfree646 19 11 3 5 0 0
2 The Squirrel 15 7 0 5 3 0
3 JStebeck 13 8 0 5 0 0
4 AdamP 17 12 10 1 0 1 0
4 tecate 12 7 0 5 0 0
6 lrfanD 10 5 0 5 0 0
7 Arjon 9 8 0 0 1 0
7 hbamarai 9 9 0 0 0 0
7 MacMhuirrich 9 8 0 0 1 0
7 MarcoD77 9 9 0 0 0 0
7 ZTJ99901 9 9 0 0 0 0
12 Adamhutchison31 8 7 0 0 1 0
12 BlackPanther99 8 7 0 0 1 0
12 progers50 8 7 0 0 1 0
12 rtomsheck 8 8 0 0 0 0
16 AtlantisB 7 6 0 0 1 0
16 Caps72 7 6 0 0 1 0
16 CascadiaCrunchFC 7 7 0 0 0 0
16 chuckbiscuits 7 7 0 0 0 0
16 CWilkins 7 7 0 0 0 0
16 edmondk 7 7 0 0 0 0
16 GreyHouseEffect 7 7 0 0 0 0
16 Island Life 7 6 0 0 1 0
16 olikchivas 7 6 0 0 1 0
16 robbosg1 7 7 0 0 0 0
16 Westsider13 7 7 0 0 0 0
16 davefeshi 7 6 0 0 1 0
28 AmandaC 6 6 0 0 0 0
28 Jph003 6 6 0 0 0 0
28 PowerOutOnTheKingsway 6 6 0 0 0 0

May Standings

Ranking User Overall Score at MIN vs HOU vs SJ at DAL vs NE
Ranking User Overall Score at MIN vs HOU vs SJ at DAL vs NE
1 dfree646 58 9 9 11 19 10
2 ZTJ99901 56 13 11 12 9 11
3 CascadiaCrunchFC 52 10 9 15 7 11
4 Arjon 51 13 8 10 9 11
4 The Squirrel 51 10 6 11 15 9
4 Westsider13 51 16 7 9 7 12
7 robbosg1 50 14 6 12 7 11
7 tecate 50 15 7 9 12 7
9 AdamP 17 49 9 7 10 12 11
9 AmandaC 49 13 10 11 6 9
9 CWilkins 49 8 11 14 7 9
9 hbamarai 49 12 5 11 9 12
13 edmondk 48 10 7 10 7 14
14 MacMhuirrich 47 10 7 11 9 10
15 BlackPanther99 46 8 9 12 8 9
15 rtomsheck 46 10 7 9 8 12
17 chuckbiscuits 45 10 8 9 7 11
17 olikchivas 45 10 8 9 7 11
19 GreyHouseEffect 44 10 7 9 7 11
20 Island Life 43 9 7 8 7 12
21 AtlantisB 41 8 8 9 7 9
21 progers50 41 9 8 8 8 8
23 Caps72 40 8 7 9 7 9
24 Jph003 39 9 7 8 6 9
25 JStebeck 38 8 0 7 13 10
26 MarcoD77 35 7 0 8 9 11
27 Adamhutchison31 33 6 0 8 8 11
28 lrfanD 26 7 0 9 10 0
29 Jitsuo 26 11 8 0 0 7
30 PowerOutOnTheKingsway 17 0 0 0 6 11
31 davefeshi 7 0 0 0 7 0

First Half Standings

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 Match #13 Match #14 Match #15 Match #16
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 Match #13 Match #14 Match #15 Match #16
1 Arjon 185 22 9 13 9 7 17 11 14 13 13 8 10 9 11 15 19
1 dfree646 185 19 17 11 14 14 6 8 13 0 9 9 11 19 10 15 16
3 GreyHouseEffect 183 22 12 12 14 8 16 16 14 8 10 7 9 7 11 15 16
4 AmandaC 175 16 11 7 9 6 16 11 15 12 13 10 11 6 9 16 19
4 BlackPanther99 175 20 16 7 15 15 9 9 11 12 8 9 10 8 9 15 17
6 AdamP 17 173 19 11 9 12 9 9 7 17 8 9 7 10 12 11 17 20
6 CascadiaCrunchFC 173 22 11 14 14 7 9 9 17 7 10 9 15 7 11 9 16
8 edmondk 172 22 10 13 11 7 9 14 14 13 10 7 10 7 14 9 16
8 hbamaral 172 20 17 7 9 10 8 8 16 13 12 5 11 9 12 13 14
8 The Squirrel 172 20 12 13 11 8 9 8 13 8 10 6 9 15 9 19 16
11 chuckbiscuits 171 20 17 6 11 16 8 9 16 8 10 8 9 7 11 14 14
12 AtlantisB 170 20 11 14 16 6 10 10 14 12 8 8 9 7 9 13 16
12 rtomsheck 170 19 19 8 12 9 9 9 11 13 10 7 9 8 12 14 16
14 Island Life 169 20 12 8 14 15 9 10 14 13 9 7 8 7 12 13 14
15 Westsider13 168 15 8 12 16 11 15 14 15 4 16 7 9 7 10 8 12
16 robbosg1 167 22 12 12 0 0 10 9 15 12 14 6 12 7 11 8 17
17 ZTJ99901 166 22 12 7 11 9 9 9 9 6 13 11 12 9 11 15 14
18 olikchivas 162 20 12 13 12 8 10 8 14 13 10 8 9 7 11 13 9
19 tecate 159 15 11 8 0 7 17 8 11 15 15 7 9 12 7 14 10
20 JStebeck 158 0 17 7 10 12 9 9 8 13 8 0 7 13 10 19 16
21 lrfanD 157 19 15 7 11 8 8 12 8 13 7 0 9 10 0 14 16
22 Jph003 156 20 12 8 10 7 9 8 9 15 9 7 8 6 9 13 19
23 CWilkins 154 19 9 13 12 13 8 9 13 5 8 11 14 7 9 9 0
24 progers50 146 0 19 13 11 8 9 7 14 13 9 8 8 8 8 11 0
25 Jitsuo 141 0 12 7 12 0 17 13 11 14 11 8 0 0 7 15 14
26 Adamhutchison31 133 17 0 0 9 17 10 8 9 14 6 0 8 8 11 16 0
27 Caps72 114 0 0 0 0 16 0 9 12 7 8 7 9 7 9 16 14
28 MarcoD77 107 0 0 6 9 8 10 0 0 12 7 0 8 9 11 11 16
29 Cashen 105 19 12 0 0 9 9 13 14 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
30 MacMhuirrich 78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 10 7 11 9 10 14 9
31 PowerOutOnTheKingsway 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 11 13 9

Match in Review (FC Dallas) Preview (New England Revolution)

What a finish to that one! It certainly made some major changes to our score predictions this week. However, let’s start with the lineup. As many of us expected (hoped?) Jake Nerwinski FINALLY returned to the starting lineup, after being out for five matches. Russell Teibert also made his return, as did, in my opinion, the pretty useless Bernie Ibini.

We almost had ANOTHER 2-1 scoreline. If that occurred, it would have been a completely different scoring week, as many of us predicted a Dallas victory. However, thanks to a last second (literally) PK we had a draw. I guess the positive is that while our prediction was wrong, the Whitecaps got a point! That helped five of you, who predicted the draw. A special shout-out to The Squirrel, who also predicted the 2-2 scoreline; each of the others predicted 1-1.

The one week we do not have someone suggest own-goal. I picked Blondell for the first. Because he forced the own-goal, does that get me points? Again no! Sigh...If I cannot tweak the rules to suit me, what is the point of running this :P

AdamP17 should be happy. They predicted a “7 points” match. Good news AdamP17! You received 12 points. Good enough for 4th this match!

In the end, everyone was chasing dfree6464, who made FOUR changes just as the lineups were being announced (I will let it slide this match), to give them another perfect lineup. Combined with the correct “draw” prediction, they led the match scores with 19. It also vaulted them to the top of the table in the May and First Half Standings. With one match left this month, it should be a close finish.

Speaking of the final match in May. The Vancouver Whitecaps host the New England Revolution on Saturday. The club is well-rested, so we could see all sorts of combinations. It is a home match, so the Caps should be on the front foot. However, with Robbo, that could mean a completely defensive lineup. It will be Kendall’s last match before leaving for the World Cup. Stefan Marinovic is still out, so expect Rowe to be the keeper. Outside of that, everything is up in the air.

Good luck!

Known Out (Updated as information becomes known)

Injury: Jordon Mutch; Stefan Marinovic

Suspension: None

Last match of May!