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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match #11 - Houston Dynamo)

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MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-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).

Match #10 (Minnesota United)

Ranking User Overall Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Sub
Ranking User Overall Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Sub
1 Westsider13 16 10 1 5 0 0
2 tecate 15 9 0 5 1 0
3 robbosg1 14 9 0 5 0 0
4 AmandaC 13 8 0 5 0 0
4 Arjon 13 8 0 5 0 0
4 ZTJ99901 13 8 0 5 0 0
7 hbamarai 12 10 1 0 1 0
8 Jitsuo 11 10 1 0 0 0
9 CascadiaCrunchFC 10 9 0 0 1 0
9 chuckbiscuits 10 9 0 0 1 0
9 edmondk 10 9 0 0 1 0
9 GreyHouseEffect 10 9 0 0 1 0
9 MacMhuirrich 10 9 0 0 1 0
9 olikchivas 10 9 0 0 1 0
9 rtomsheck 10 9 0 0 1 0
9 The Squirrel 10 9 0 0 1 0
17 AdamP 17 9 8 0 0 1 0
17 dfree646 9 9 0 0 0 0
17 Island Life 9 9 0 0 0 0
17 Jph003 9 9 0 0 0 0
17 progers50 9 9 0 0 0 0
22 AtlantisB 8 8 0 0 0 0
22 BlackPanther99 8 8 0 0 0 0
22 Caps72 8 7 0 0 1 0
22 CWilkins 8 7 0 0 1 0
22 JStebeck 8 8 0 0 0 0
27 lrfanD 7 7 0 0 0 0
27 MarcoD77 7 7 0 0 0 0
29 Adamhutchison31 6 6 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

Match in Review (Minnesota United) Preview (Houston Dynamo)

A new month meant that we had a new side-contest of guessing the first goal scorer. Despite having a man advantage for 40 minutes, the Caps would make this contest pointless, failing to score. Hopefully they can do a better job against Houston and make the contest actually useful!

Speaking of the match against Minnesota, it was an ugly one. For those that had lost hope in the Whitecaps though, it was a good match. Westsider13 was this match’s top scorer, thanks to 10/11 on Lineup and predicting a Minnesota victory. They were followed by tecate (15 points) and robbosg1 (14 points).

The first half leader GreyHouseEffect (116 points) was only able to muster 10 points (tied for 9th), which allowed Westsider13 (114 points) and others to close the gap slightly in the First Half Standings. Arjon (112 points) rounds out the top three, with a five-way tie for 4th, all with 107 points.

The Whitecaps are back at home, where they have been so-so. They are playing against Houston though, so maybe that will be good? Kei Kamara saw some action as a substitute against Minnesota, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts; especially with how poor the offense has been. Does Reyna also get a start? Juarez has been left out of the lineup of late and while most fans seem happy about that decision, surely Robbo will be putting him into the lineup right? The Caps need to find their Best XI and I believe Carl Robinson believes Juarez fits into that Best XI (I disagree).

The Caps have no suspensions to worry about, as Techera returns. A few minor injuries, with the biggest being Jordon Mutch.

Time to get your predictions in!