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Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2019 (MLS Match #5 - LA Galaxy)

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MLS: Portland Timbers at LA Galaxy Kelvin Kuo-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 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

Match in Review (Seattle Sounders) and Preview (LA Galaxy)

Guesses were all over the map with this one. A lot of scores, including some very high scoring ones – looking at you rtomsheck. Several substitutions – some people went back and forth with Norman starting. Westsider13 went the wrong way, substituting out Teibert for Norman, which cost them a bonus point (so two in total). Sorry to call you out! Then, we were one VAR away from a completely different score line. Nevertheless, the Vancouver Whitecaps picked up their first point of the season with a draw against Seattle.

GreyHouseEffect noted they have tried to stay optimistic and it cost them points. They went a bit too far the other way, going negative instead of neutral. What will you do this match? Meanwhile, ZTJ9901’s massive optimism, with a 3-0 Whitecaps score line, got them one point, thanks to Sounders failing to score a goal.

A lot of ‘9’ scores on the lineup predictions. Seems Arjon’s suggestion in the past of putting the bonus points at 10 and 11 was the correct move as we often get ‘9’. They appear to not be playing this season, but their suggestions for how to run this are ever present.

The backline was fairly predictable, with many having Crepeau, Nerwinski, Henry, Godoy, and Adnan. Do we see the same against LA Galaxy? It seemed we all knew that Felipe and Lass would get a start, but some, including myself, were far too optimistic about Hwang and Reyna playing. Many had Montero in their starting lineup, but with Ardaiz playing well and Montero playing poorly, do we see Ardaiz get his first start? With the coach’s comments after the match about Ardaiz work ethic, and it being a big game against LA Galaxy at home, I suspect Montero gets the nod one more time.

Congrats to newcomer AshMan77 who had the highest score this match, by a considerable amount. They were followed by regular top scorer chuckbiscuits, with another newcomer, Airos, and AmandaC rounding out the top three.

On to the final March Standings. We had an interesting conclusion to this one. I had to check it multiple times to just be sure. We had a FOUR-WAY tie for top spot this month between CascadiaCrunchFC, tecate, Westsider13, and AmanadaC. Congrats to AmandaC, who I pointed out fell last match only to make a Phoenix rise back to the top! I will add you to the Winners list I keep.

With that we start a new month and our first ‘bonus’ contest. Get the bonus correct and you receive an extra three points for your Monthly score (not your Overall score). What is the bonus category this month? We are going to keep it simple: Predict the first goal scorer for the Whitecaps. If you believe no Whitecaps will score you need to state that outright to receive the points. Simply having a 3-0 score line, for example, does not suffice as you could hedge your bets and predict the Caps not to score but also include a potential scorer; or vice versa.

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