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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match #10 - Minnesota United)

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MLS: Minnesota United FC at Vancouver Whitecaps FC Anne-Marie Sorvin-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 (Real Salt Lake) Preview (Minnesota United)

It was a low-scoring match. While the Caps were able to pull out the 2-0 victory over RSL, Carl Robinson made a lot of lineup changes. The two fullback changes threw everyone, as did the omission of Felipe and Alphonso. As a result, the Jph003 and tecate finished the match at the top, each with 15 points.

It was the final match of April as well, so that means we have to announce a winner. We see a familiar face at the top, Arjon, who tied with one of our new writers this season Jitsuo. Congrats! You are now alongside dfree646 as 2018 winners! Like with dfree646, your prizes are in the mail. Tracking says they will arrive in 10-20 years!

Nothing much changes in the Overall Standings. GreyHouseEffect still holds a large lead (7 points). Previous victors Arjon and AtlantisB have made their moves up the standings, slotting in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

With a new month (May) comes a new contest. This month, we will keep it simple. Predict the Whitecaps first goal scorer. If you get the prediction correct, you earn an addition 2 points for the May standings.

The Vancouver Whitecaps now travel to Minnesota to take on United. It will be an early kick-off (11am). Minnesota has been rather poor this season, while the Caps have been impressive on the road. It is quite possible that the Caps can steal another road victory. Several players, include Felipe and Davies were rested last match. Will they return to the Starting XI this week? Nerwinski has sat out a few match, while Levis looked good in place of de Jong. Who starts at full back? Kei Kamara might be back. Does he start or does Blondell get another run? Maybe Hurtado starts?

Time to get your predictions in.