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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match #30 -LA Galaxy)

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Match 30 of the 2018 MLS season, and first without Carl Robinson. What will we see for a lineup?

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).

Match #34 (Portland Timbers) Standings

Ranking User Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal
Ranking User Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal
1 edmondk 25 11 3 5 3 3
2 The Squirrel 23 11 3 5 1 3
3 Arjon 22 10 1 5 3 3
3 Island Life 22 10 1 5 3 3
5 tecate 20 11 3 5 1 0
6 rtomsheck 18 9 0 5 1 3
7 chuckbiscuits 16 10 1 5 0 0
8 AtlantisB 15 11 3 0 1 0
8 GreyHouseEffect 15 10 1 0 1 3
10 CascadiaCrunchFC 11 10 1 0 0 0
10 Isabelt 11 10 1 0 0 0

September/October Standings

Rank User TOTAL SJE SEA DALLAS LAG TFC KC LAFC POR
Rank User TOTAL SJE SEA DALLAS LAG TFC KC LAFC POR
1 GreyHouseEffect 123 16 25 16 15 9 16 11 15
2 chuckbiscuits 117 20 25 12 15 10 11 8 16
3 tecate 112 15 14 19 9 11 9 15 20
4 CascadiaCrunchFC 111 19 17 16 14 9 17 8 11
5 Arjon 109 16 12 12 14 9 15 9 22
6 Isabelt 108 16 22 11 14 9 17 8 11
7 edmondk 105 19 14 12 13 0 14 8 25
8 Island Life 103 15 9 15 15 8 11 8 22
9 AdamP17 100 16 15 11 20 11 17 10 0
10 rtomsheck 99 16 14 14 9 14 9 5 18
11 AtlantisB 98 15 9 15 14 10 12 8 15
12 The Squirrel 97 19 0 10 15 10 12 8 23
13 AmandaC 79 15 9 10 14 8 11 12 0
14 Westsider13 67 0 15 14 14 7 17 0 0
15 Jph003 62 15 11 11 14 11 0 0 0
16 Jitsuo 46 14 9 12 0 0 11 0 0
17 hbamaral 42 14 9 11 8 0 0 0 0
18 dfree646 37 17 0 11 9 0 0 0 0
19 Jstebeck 34 15 11 0 8 0 0 0 0
20 BlackPanther99 30 19 0 0 0 0 11 0 0
21 freewheeling 29 15 0 14 0 0 0 0 0
22 olikchivas 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Second Half Standings

Ranking User Overall Score Match #18 Match #19 Match #20 Match #21 Match #22 Match #23 Match #24 Match #25 Match #26 Match #27 Match #28 Match #29 Match #30 Match #31 Match #32 Match #33 Match #34
Ranking User Overall Score Match #18 Match #19 Match #20 Match #21 Match #22 Match #23 Match #24 Match #25 Match #26 Match #27 Match #28 Match #29 Match #30 Match #31 Match #32 Match #33 Match #34
1 The Squirrel 206 7 10 17 14 15 11 9 17 19 19 0 10 15 10 12 8 20
2 chuckbiscuits 205 9 10 19 14 15 4 8 8 19 17 22 12 15 10 11 8 16
3 GreyHouseEffect 203 8 13 15 15 9 0 10 8 19 16 22 16 15 9 16 8 12
4 CascadiaCrunchFC 202 8 9 17 15 11 8 9 11 19 19 17 16 14 9 17 8 11
5 Isabelt 198 9 14 14 15 15 7 9 9 16 16 19 11 14 9 17 8 11
6 Arjon 194 8 14 17 17 13 4 9 6 16 16 9 9 14 9 15 9 19
7 AtlantisB 187 8 10 17 12 14 8 9 11 19 15 9 12 14 10 12 8 15
7 tecate 187 6 10 16 0 0 5 17 7 20 15 11 19 9 11 9 12 20
9 edmondk 184 7 8 14 15 13 5 9 8 14 16 11 12 13 0 14 8 22
10 Island Life 178 7 16 9 11 16 3 8 6 15 15 9 12 15 8 11 8 19
11 rtomsheck 173 6 14 0 11 16 6 11 0 19 16 11 11 9 14 9 5 15
12 AdamP17 164 7 9 15 9 0 5 7 7 8 16 15 11 17 11 17 10 0
13 AmandaC 162 9 14 10 8 8 6 6 15 16 15 9 10 14 8 11 9 0
14 Jph003 161 9 13 8 19 14 8 6 5 17 15 11 11 14 11 0 0 0
15 Westsider13 158 9 9 15 14 7 8 9 8 12 0 15 14 14 7 17 0 0
16 dfree646 136 7 14 11 9 13 8 13 8 16 17 0 11 9 0 0 0 0
16 hbamaral 136 6 13 9 16 14 5 7 7 17 14 9 11 8 0 0 0 0
18 BlackPanther99 133 9 16 11 11 11 7 14 8 19 16 0 0 0 0 11 0 0
19 olikchivas 105 8 9 10 17 14 7 6 0 19 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Jstebeck 102 5 0 0 9 14 9 16 0 15 15 11 0 8 0 0 0 0
21 Jitsuo 84 7 10 14 0 0 0 7 0 0 14 9 12 0 0 11 0 0
22 freewheeling 59 0 0 14 0 0 4 0 0 15 15 0 11 0 0 0 0 0
23 ZTJ9901 50 6 13 0 17 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 MarcoD77 47 8 14 11 9 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 MacMhuirrich 38 6 9 9 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Cashen 32 0 0 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 robbosg1 20 12 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 CWilkins 14 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Match Review (FC Dallas) and Preview (LA Galaxy)

There was a lot of optimism around the FC Dallas match, with many of us picking the Whitecaps to come out on top. However, tecate saw it differently “Many posters think Reyna is the missing ingredient to the promised land but I think he’ll be kept in check (and probably will take another frustration yellow card)..” Turns out, they were right, and used that to take first place in the match scores, with 19 points. The lineup was quite predictable, as most obtained 9 or 10 out of 11. The big hiccup came at the back with Henry and (mostly) Levis.

Isabelt could have been up at the top this week had they not thought “I was all set to call Dallas but then Saturday went so well for Vancouver courtesy of RSL and Portland – I just couldn’t bet against them.” Oops! BTW Isabelt, I checked your score from Seattle, and it was correct. I outlined it in last week’s post, so you can see it there.

Congrats AmandaC, your hope “Maybe we’ll both do better than 9 points this week!!” came true. Sadly, not by much :(.

GreyHouseEffect was able to catch up to chuckbiscuits for first in the September/October Standings, with 57 points. In third is CascadiaCrunchFC, with 52 points. Still a long way to go though!

The 2nd Half Standings is similar, with chuckbiscuits leading CascadiaCrunchFC and GreyHouseEffect by two points (145 to 143). However, there are really five participants still within EASY range of taking the title. Should be a great fight to the finish.

The Vancouver Whitecaps will be in Carson to play the LA Galaxy on Saturday. The match after a coaches firing can be difficult to predict, as it could lead to the team imploding or it could spark a rejuvenation. The lineup may also be hard to predict. Who knows what Academy Director Craig Dalrymple will do. Does Levis get another start? What about Teibert? Do we see some other young guys get into the match? Haven’t seen Felipe for a while. What happens with him?

Throughout all of September and October our “bonus” contest will be first goal scorer. Correctly predict the first Whitecaps player to score in the match and earn an extra three points to your September/October score (doesn’t count for 2nd Half Standings). New this time around, you can predict no goal scorer if you feel the Whitecaps will be shut out. However you MUST write no scorer (or something like that), even if you predict a scoreline where the Caps do not get a goal. I need to see that ‘no scorer’ prediction. Likewise, if you predict the Caps get shutout, but want to hedge by predicting a goal scorer just in case, feel free to do so.

That is all from me in this one. Good luck with your predictions!

Injury/Suspension Report (Updated as Information Becomes Available)

Injured: Jose Aja

Suspended: None