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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match #15 -Colorado Rapids)

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MLS: Colorado Rapids 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 1.5 hours prior to kickoff (or half an hour prior to the lineup being officially announced).

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 (New England Revolution)

Ranking User Overall Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal
Ranking User Overall Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal
1 edmondk 14 11 3 0 0 0
2 hbamarai 12 10 1 0 1 0
2 Island Life 12 10 1 0 1 0
2 rtomsheck 12 10 1 0 1 0
2 Westsider13 12 9 0 0 1 2
6 Adamhutchison31 11 10 1 0 0 0
6 AdamP 17 11 10 1 0 0 0
6 Arjon 11 10 1 0 0 0
6 CascadiaCrunchFC 11 10 1 0 0 0
6 chuckbiscuits 11 10 1 0 0 0
6 GreyHouseEffect 11 10 1 0 0 0
6 MarcoD77 11 10 1 0 0 0
6 olikchivas 11 10 1 0 0 0
6 robbosg1 11 10 1 0 0 0
6 ZTJ99901 11 10 1 0 0 0
6 PowerOutOnTheKingsway 11 10 1 0 0 0
17 dfree646 10 9 0 0 1 0
17 JStebeck 10 9 0 0 1 0
17 MacMhuirrich 10 9 0 0 1 0
20 AmandaC 9 9 0 0 0 0
20 AtlantisB 9 9 0 0 0 0
20 BlackPanther99 9 9 0 0 0 0
20 Caps72 9 9 0 0 0 0
20 CWilkins 9 9 0 0 0 0
20 Jph003 9 9 0 0 0 0
20 The Squirrel 9 9 0 0 0 0
27 progers50 8 8 0 0 0 0
28 Jitsuo 7 7 0 0 0 0
28 tecate 7 7 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 (New England Revolution) Preview (Colorado Rapids)

And that is the end of May! A few things to get to prior to reviewing the New England match.

First, we will have no June ‘bonus’ contest, as there are only three matches. We will return with the bonus contest in July. It will end up being “In Which 15-minute Period Will the Whitecaps Score Their First Goal”. We had it last season too.

Second, due to requests this week, I have changed the submission deadline time. Predictions must now be submitted 1.5 hours prior to kickoff. As the Vancouver Whitecaps play on Friday at 6pm, that means your predictions will have to be in by 4:30 Friday.

Third, it is time to announce our MAY winner. They will join March winner dfree646 and April winner GreyHouseEffect. drumroll and the May winner is....dfree646. Congrats on making it two months out of three. Of course, if you all read the standings above, you already knew this.

Fourth, I love reading the additional comments, and thought processes of all of you, so keep them coming in the comments. It helps make counting up your scores a little more enjoyable. Some of my favs from this last match

hbamari reminding everyone that if the Caps scored three (which Techera did!), “Great Clip’s haircut!”

Meanwhile, AdamP 17 gave the prediction curse “f I thought Robbo would play Teibert I would pick a Caps win – but I can’t see him giving him consecutive starts.”

Don’t worry AdamP 17, I thought the same thing!

But, my favourite has to come from Edmondk, who said “switch Aja with Ghazal. I have a funny feeling”. That change gave Edmondk the only perfect lineup this week.

It is worth noting that Edmondk was not the only person to predict Ghazal starting at center back. MacMhuirrich deserves a shoutout as well. Also, both predicted it the night before, so no last minute changes to get it correct. Congrats to them both.

Speaking of Edmondk, they road their perfect lineup prediction to a match high score of 14, as no one guessed a draw. Some of you predicted the Caps would score 3 goals, so there was so solace there. Westsider13 was the only person to predict a Techera goal, so congrats to them! They used that prediction to score a tie for second with hbamari, Island Life, and rtomsheck.

We have three matches left in the first half. dfree646 holds a two-point lead over GreyHouseEffect, with perennial contender Arjon holding up third at 151 points. It should be a great final three matches. We will see what happens with strategy in this one.

The Vancouver Whitecaps travel to Colorado for another Friday night match. Not sure what the altitude will do for who starts. We know that Kendall Waston will not start, as he has left to join Costa Rica at the World Cup. Stefan Marinovic is still out, as is Jordon Mutch.

With Waston out, the center back pairing could be anyone. Most obvious guess is Maund and Aja, but Henry could certainly slot in. Robbo likes giving guys their first match away from home and the crowd. Doubt we see Ghazal in there, but he could slot back in at defensive midfield.

Not a lot for me to say on this one, so I will leave it up to you and our match preview to figure things out.

Known Out (updated as information becomes available)

Injury: Stefan Marinovic; Jordon Mutch

Suspension: None

International Duty: Kendall Waston