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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match #23 -New York City FC)

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And the winner is...We announce the July winner, and get your predictions for Vancouver’s match Saturday night against New York City FC

MLS: Toronto FC at New York City FC Vincent Carchietta-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.

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).

July Standings

Ranking User Overall Score COL CHI DC MON SEA MON MIN
Ranking User Overall Score COL CHI DC MON SEA MON MIN
1 Arjon 93 8 14 17 13 17 8 16
2 chuckbiscuits 86 9 13 19 8 14 8 15
3 Isabelt 83 9 17 14 9 15 4 15
4 The Squirrel 82 7 10 17 14 14 5 15
5 GreyHouseEffect 79 8 13 15 13 15 3 12
6 edmondk 77 7 8 14 13 15 4 16
6 rtomsheck 77 6 17 0 8 11 19 16
8 Westsider13 76 9 9 15 14 14 8 7
9 BlackPanther99 75 9 19 11 5 11 9 11
10 CascadiaCrunchFC 74 8 9 17 9 15 5 11
10 AtlantisB 74 8 10 17 8 12 5 14
12 olikchivas 72 8 9 10 12 17 2 14
13 Jph003 66 9 13 8 0 19 0 17
14 Island Life 64 7 19 9 0 11 2 16
15 MarcoD77 62 8 14 11 8 9 12 0
16 hbamaral 61 6 16 9 0 16 0 14
17 dfree646 54 7 14 11 0 9 0 13
18 AmandaC 52 9 14 10 0 8 0 11
19 Jstebeck 51 5 0 0 10 9 13 14
20 ZTJ9901 50 6 13 0 0 17 0 14
21 MacMhuirrich 41 6 12 9 0 14 0 0
22 AdamP17 40 7 9 15 0 9 0 0
23 Jitsuo 34 7 13 14 0 0 0 0
24 Cashen 32 0 0 16 0 16 0 0
24 tecate 32 6 10 16 0 0 0 0
26 robbosg1 23 12 11 0 0 0 0 0
27 CWilkins 14 5 9 0 0 0 0 0
27 freewheeling 14 0 0 14 0 0 0 0

Match #22 (Minnesota United) Standings

Ranking User Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Interval
Ranking User Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Interval
1 Jph003 17 9 0 5 0 3
2 Island Life 16 10 1 5 0 0
2 rtomsheck 16 10 1 5 0 0
2 Arjon 16 8 0 5 0 3
2 edmondk 16 8 0 5 0 3
6 chuckbiscuits 15 9 0 5 1 0
6 Isabelt 15 9 0 5 1 0
6 The Squirrel 15 9 0 5 1 0
9 AtlantisB 14 9 0 5 0 0
9 hbamaral 14 9 0 5 0 0
9 Jstebeck 14 9 0 5 0 0
9 olikchivas 14 9 0 5 0 0
9 ZTJ9901 14 9 0 5 0 0
14 dfree646 13 8 0 5 0 0
15 GreyHouseEffect 12 9 0 0 0 3
16 CascadiaCrunchFC 11 10 1 0 0 0
16 AmandaC 11 8 0 0 0 3
16 BlackPanther99 11 6 0 5 0 0
19 Westsider13 7 7 0 0 0 0

Match Review (Minnesota United) and Preview (New York City FC)

Well, that was an exciting end to July! Some interesting predictions. No Felipe or Kamara threw off some participants. However, it seems that the latter participants saw the Kamara/Blondell switch coming, as they were more likely to include Blondell into their Starting XI. This meant that three participants (Island Life, rtomsheck, and CascadiaCrunchFC) correctly predicted 10/11 starters.

It was nice to see in our final match predicting the first scoring interval that five participants had correct predictions and received the three bonus points. Jph003 used that, along with correctly predicting a Whitecaps victory, and 9/11 starters to have the top score this match with 17 points. Behind them was a four-way tie for second, one point behind.

Because most had a good final match of July, Arjon retained his lead and ended up the month’s victor. Congrats Arjon. Westsider13 tried to make a late charge by taking a chance on Minnesota winning against Vancouver, but the gamble did not pay off.

Starting next match, I will begin posting the Second Half Standings. The post on the First Half Final Standings will come this weekend. PROMISE!

On to this weekend’s match. Caps travel to NYC. NYCFC will be without Villa, who will be unable to participate in the match due to missing the all-star game. Even without Villa though, NYCFC should be formidable in the cozy confines of Yankee Stadium (yup, they still play there). The smaller field means Davies won’t be able to show off his speed, but he can still dribble around defenders.

After a strong performance against Minnesota, it will be interesting to see how many, if any, changes Robbo makes. Juarez is still suspended, while Waston is out due to yellow card accumulation. Meanwhile, Felipe has not played much of late. Does Kamara get back into the starting lineup? Probably. How long does Davies go, after his whirlwind two weeks? Nevertheless, Davies is still the X-factor in this one.

With a new month (August) comes a new contest. I was trying to figure out what we would like to predict this month. I was going to go with the classic first scorer, but let’s have a bit of fun and go with first yellow card. You predict the first Whitecaps player to receive a yellow card in this match. Get it correct and you get three (3) bonus points towards the August standings. We will say that predicting ZERO yellow cards is an acceptable prediction too.

Known Players Out

Suspension: Efrain Juarez (Red Card); Kendall Waston (Yellow Card Accumulation)

Injured: Doneil Henry (Out); Jake Nerwinski (Out); Jordon Mutch (Likely Out)