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Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2019 (MLS Match #9 - Philadelphia Union)

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MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-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 half-an-hour 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).

Previous Match Standings

Rank User Total Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal & VAR
Rank User Total Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal & VAR
1 tecate 15 7 0 5 0 3
2 Westsider13 14 8 0 5 0 1
3 Isabelt 13 8 0 5 0 0
4 GreyHouseEffect 12 6 0 5 0 1
5 Columbian_Soutsider77 10 8 0 0 1 1
6 Island Life 10 8 0 0 1 1
7 ZTJ9901 10 8 0 0 1 1
8 Airos 9 7 0 0 1 1
9 AshMan77 9 7 0 0 1 1
10 CapsOnTheDrive 9 7 0 0 1 1
11 CascadiaCrunchFC 9 7 0 0 1 1
12 chuckbiscuits 9 7 0 0 1 1
13 PowerOutOnTheKingsway 9 8 0 0 0 1
14 Tres_Tristes_Tigres 9 8 0 0 1 0
15 AmandaC 8 7 0 0 0 1
16 AtlantisB 8 7 0 0 0 1
17 Fudmur 8 6 0 0 1 1
18 hbamaral 8 7 0 0 1 0
19 rtomsheck 8 7 0 0 0 1
20 The Squirrel 8 7 0 0 1 0
21 AdamP 17 7 6 0 0 0 1
22 edmondk 7 6 0 0 0 1
23 Jitsuo 6 6 0 0 0 0

April Standings

Rank User Overall Score Galaxy Chicago LAFC Orlando
Rank User Overall Score Galaxy Chicago LAFC Orlando
1 CapsOnTheDrive 55 9 19 18 9
2 Westsider13 54 16 14 10 14
3 AtlantisB 53 17 17 11 8
4 tecate 52 8 16 13 15
5 GreyHouseEffect 50 9 19 10 12
6 Isabelt 48 9 16 10 13
6 ZTJ9901 48 11 10 17 10
8 Columbian_Soutsider77 47 8 17 12 10
9 Tres_Tristes_Tigres 46 11 15 11 9
10 edmondk 42 7 17 11 7
11 PowerOutOnTheKingsway 41 8 10 14 9
11 rtomsheck 41 8 10 15 8
11 The Squirrel 41 12 10 11 8
14 AshMan77 40 8 10 13 9
15 CascadiaCrunchFC 39 9 12 9 9
15 hbamaral 39 11 10 10 8
15 Jitsuo 39 9 12 12 6
15 TillmanD 39 9 14 16 0
19 chuckbiscuits 37 9 10 9 9
20 Airos 36 10 7 10 9
20 AmandaC 36 8 10 10 8
20 Fudmur 36 9 10 9 8
23 AlexGangue91 35 11 15 9 0
24 AdamP 17 34 8 10 9 7
25 CDPrior 31 10 10 11 0
26 Jph003 29 0 12 17 0
27 Island Life 27 9 0 8 10
27 MarcusEarth 27 9 11 7 0
29 SnakeDave 21 8 0 13 0
30 BlackPanther99 12 0 12 0 0
31 JStebeck 11 11 0 0 0
32 Slowkid 10 10 0 0 0

1st Half Standings

Current User Overall Match #1 Match #2 Match #3 Match #4 Match #5 Match #6 Match #7 Match #8
Current User Overall Match #1 Match #2 Match #3 Match #4 Match #5 Match #6 Match #7 Match #8
Ranking Name Score Score Score Score Score Score Score Score Score
1 The Squirrel 91 13 19 9 9 12 10 10 8
2 tecate 86 16 19 10 8 8 16 13 12
3 Westsider13 84 17 14 13 9 13 14 9 13
4 Isabelt 78 11 19 9 9 9 16 10 13
5 edmondk 77 8 19 14 9 7 17 10 6
6 AtlantisB 75 9 16 8 9 17 14 10 7
7 CascadiaCrunchFC 74 15 17 13 8 9 12 8 8
8 AmandaC 72 11 20 10 12 8 10 9 7
9 chuckbiscuits 71 11 14 14 13 9 10 8 8
9 Jph003 71 15 14 8 9 0 12 13 0
11 GreyHouseEffect 70 11 11 8 9 9 19 9 11
12 AlexGangue91 69 9 14 10 10 11 15 8 0
13 CapsOnTheDrive 68 8 10 8 8 9 19 14 8
13 ZTJ9901 68 10 15 7 9 11 10 13 9
15 Tres_Tristes_Tigres 67 0 14 8 0 11 15 10 9
16 Island Life 66 15 15 9 9 9 0 8 9
17 rtomsheck 64 9 12 10 9 8 10 14 7
18 AshMan77 63 0 9 8 16 8 10 12 8
19 hbamaral 62 10 12 8 9 11 10 10 8
20 Jitsuo 61 8 15 8 8 9 9 12 6
21 AdamP 17 60 11 14 8 9 8 10 8 6
22 Airos 53 0 0 7 12 10 7 9 8
22 MarcusEarth 53 10 9 8 9 9 8 7 0
24 BlackPanther99 51 12 10 8 9 0 12 0 0
25 Fudmur 45 0 11 0 0 9 10 8 7
26 Slowkid 44 9 15 10 0 10 0 0 0
27 Columbian_Soutsider77 42 0 0 0 0 8 17 8 9
28 CDPrior 40 0 0 0 9 10 10 11 0
29 PowerOutOnTheKingsway 39 0 0 0 0 8 10 13 8
30 SnakeDave 38 0 0 9 8 8 0 13 0
31 TillmanD 36 0 0 0 0 9 11 16 0
32 JStebeck 35 8 0 7 9 11 0 0 0
33 olikchivas 22 10 12 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 Derek L 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 Hasslis2ndshirt 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 sammygee 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 JSONX 8 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0

Match in Review (Orlando City SC) and Preview (Philadelphia Union)

We had a busy week with two matches. Many predicted that the Vancouver Whitecaps would be unsuccessful against the undefeated LAFC. The Caps won, which led to a lot of optimism for the weaker Orlando City. The Caps lost. This led to a lot of changes in our various standings. Let’s have a look at all of them.

First, congrats to tecate who had the high score for the Orlando City match. Several comments for you. First, sorry, no points for predicting a red card...in fact, I took one away (just kidding). On the plus side (?) you were not wrong on the letdown and it got you ‘5’ points. Congrats? Second, good job of checking back and putting ‘no scorer’ prediction, so that you could get that bonus ‘3’ points. In fact, tecate was the only participant to predict no scorer. Luckily for the rest of us, we had the consolation of no VAR...I guess.

There were a lot of Sutter and PC predictions. No surprise as Robbo had a penchant for starting players against their former squads. I don’t think that MDS has that same sentimentality. Still, those that put both in their lineup still got the Sutter point.

A few curve balls in the lineup. The typical ‘locks’ of Erice and Crepeau were no-go, so taht impacted the average lineup score.

The MacMatch flip was a surprise, although not in hindsight. AdamP 17 and AtlantisB had the gut feeling but were not brave enough to pull the trigger. AmandaC, your doubt is spreading!!! Congrats to Westsider13 though, who was the only person to predict MacMath, leading to them taking 2nd in the standings.

Some Cornelius predictions, but that was in place of one of the starting two CBs, not in addition.

I was a bit surprised so many people though that Montero would sit back-to-back matches. I mean, I get it given his lack of production, and Reyna’s strong match on Wednesday, but we had to know he would come back in right?

Sorry GreyHouseEffect. I love the optimism of hoping if you predict an Orlando City victory the Caps would win. The consolation prize is that you get ‘5’ points for correctly predicting the game.

Isabelt had the score originally correct, confused which team would end up with the ‘1’. Luckily, the change to Orlando City (2-1) gave you ‘5’ points. Way to trust that gut...unlikes some of us!

Finally, the winner between AmandaC and CascadiaCrunchFC....CCFC (9 points) - AC (8 points).

Looking at the April Standings, with one match left (Philadelphia), CapsOnTheDrive has a one point lead over Westsider13, with AtlantisB (53), tecate (52), and GreyHouseEffect (50) just behind.

Updating the first half standings, a lot of people used the last two matches as their throwaways. The Squirrel has the lead, with 91 points, followed by tecate (86), Westsider13 (84), Isabelt (78), and edmondk (77).

Should be a fun conclusion to the month. Remember, correctly predict the first Whitecaps goal scorer (own goal for Philadelphia is an option too!) and you receive ‘3’ points. We won’t worry about the VAR this week.

P.S. I would love if someone would create a great little graphic that we could use for these articles!

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Match Preview: Coming Soon