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Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2019 (MLS Match #12 - Atlanta United)

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MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps at Atlanta United FC John David Mercer-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 Rankings

Rank User Total Lineup Bonus Winner Score
Rank User Total Lineup Bonus Winner Score
1 CDPrior 19 10 1 5 3
1 hbamaral 19 10 1 5 3
3 tecate 14 11 3 0 0
4 GreyHouseEffect 12 10 1 0 1
4 ZTJ9901 12 10 1 0 1
4 The Squirrel 12 10 1 0 1
4 Tres_Tristes_Tigres 12 10 1 0 1
8 edmondk 11 10 1 0 0
9 Jitsuo 10 9 0 0 1
9 jvenn 10 9 0 0 1
9 CascadiaCrunch 10 9 0 0 1
9 rtomsheck 10 9 0 0 1
9 Isabelt 10 9 0 0 1
9 AtlantisB 10 9 0 0 1
9 Island Life 10 9 0 0 1
9 AmandaC 10 9 0 0 1
17 AshMan77 9 8 0 0 1
17 chuckbiscuits 9 9 0 0 0
17 Airos 9 9 0 0 0
17 Westsider13 9 9 0 0 0
17 CapsOnTheDrive 9 9 0 0 0
22 Slowkid 6 6 0 0 0

May Standings

Rank User Overall Score Rapids Timbers Atlanta SKC NYRB FC Dallas TFC
Rank User Overall Score Rapids Timbers Atlanta SKC NYRB FC Dallas TFC
1 Island Life 114 16 21 15 15 7 20 20
2 AtlantisB 106 21 21 12 15 6 15 16
3 CDPrior 102 16 14 15 15 7 16 19
3 ZTJ9901 102 20 16 15 8 7 19 17
5 edmondk 101 14 21 14 9 7 24 12
6 AshMan77 98 14 11 12 15 8 19 19
7 hbamaral 95 14 16 12 8 9 19 17
8 Airos 94 16 18 10 9 7 17 17
9 AmandaC 93 16 21 14 12 6 15 9
9 Isabelt 93 12 17 14 10 7 19 14
9 rtomsheck 93 16 20 14 8 9 15 11
12 GreyHouseEffect 90 18 12 21 10 7 11 11
13 Fudmur 88 18 12 19 0 6 19 14
13 Tres_Tristes_Tigres 88 15 12 13 12 6 14 16
15 TillmanD 85 17 19 14 0 8 17 10
16 CascadiaCrunchFC 84 11 12 14 7 7 12 21
16 chuckbiscuits 84 17 11 15 9 6 17 9
18 The Squirrel 83 11 12 12 8 7 19 14
18 Westsider13 83 14 12 17 7 7 11 15
20 tecate 76 12 12 17 13 8 0 14
21 AdamP 17 74 18 11 14 0 7 14 10
22 CapsOnTheDrive 70 16 21 0 9 8 0 16
23 Columbian_Southsider77 68 19 14 14 0 11 0 10
24 Jitsuo 28 0 0 0 11 0 17 0

First Half Standings

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 Match #13 Match #14 Match #15 Match #16
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 Match #13 Match #14 Match #15 Match #16
1 Island Life 204 15 15 9 9 9 0 8 9 15 16 19 15 15 7 20 15
2 AtlantisB 203 9 16 8 9 17 14 10 7 10 19 19 12 15 6 15 11
3 Isabelt 197 11 19 9 9 9 16 10 13 15 12 15 12 10 7 19 12
4 tecate 196 16 19 10 8 8 16 13 12 11 12 12 17 13 8 0 14
5 edmondk 194 8 19 14 9 7 17 10 6 9 14 19 12 9 7 22 10
6 AmandaC 192 11 20 10 12 8 10 9 7 14 16 19 14 10 6 15 9
7 CascadiaCrunchFC 191 15 17 13 8 9 12 8 8 14 11 12 14 7 7 12 19
7 Westsider13 191 17 14 13 9 13 14 9 13 8 12 12 17 7 7 11 15
9 ZTJ9901 190 10 15 7 9 11 10 13 9 9 20 16 15 8 7 19 12
10 The Squirrel 185 13 19 9 9 12 10 10 8 19 11 12 12 8 7 19 12
11 chuckbiscuits 184 11 14 14 13 9 10 8 8 15 17 11 15 9 6 17 9
12 GreyHouseEffect 183 11 11 8 9 9 19 9 11 12 16 12 19 10 7 11 9
13 AshMan77 180 0 9 8 16 8 10 12 8 9 12 11 12 15 8 19 14
14 hbamaral 176 10 12 8 9 11 10 10 8 9 14 16 12 8 9 19 12
15 Airos 174 0 0 7 12 10 7 9 8 14 16 16 10 9 7 17 15
16 CapsOnTheDrive 172 8 10 8 8 9 19 14 8 10 16 19 0 9 8 0 11
16 rtomsheck 172 9 12 10 9 8 10 14 7 8 14 20 14 8 9 15 9
18 Tres_Tristes_Tigres 168 0 14 8 0 11 15 10 9 10 15 12 11 12 6 14 11
19 AdamP 17 161 11 14 8 9 8 10 8 6 9 16 11 12 0 7 14 10
20 CDPrior 159 0 0 0 9 10 10 11 0 12 14 14 15 15 7 16 14
21 Fudmur 138 0 11 0 0 9 10 8 7 9 16 12 19 0 6 19 12
22 TillmanD 133 0 0 0 0 9 11 16 0 12 17 19 14 0 8 17 10
23 Columbian_Southsider77 132 0 0 0 0 8 17 8 9 10 19 14 12 0 11 0 10
24 Jitsuo 101 8 15 8 8 9 9 12 6 0 0 0 0 9 0 17 0
25 AlexGangue91 77 9 14 10 10 11 15 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Jph003 71 15 14 8 9 0 12 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 MarcusEarth 60 10 9 8 9 9 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 BlackPanther99 51 12 10 8 9 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 SnakeDave 46 0 0 9 8 8 0 13 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 Slowkid 44 9 15 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 PowerOutOnTheKingsway 39 0 0 0 0 8 10 13 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 JStebeck 35 8 0 7 9 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 olikchivas 22 10 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 Derek L 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 Hasslis2ndshirt 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 sammygee 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 JSONX 8 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Recap

Two in a row! It was a high scoring match for predictions against Portland Timbers. There was a five-way tie for first, with 21 points. rtomsheck scored 20 points, with a perfect lineup and predicting a Whitecaps victory and still had to settle for sixth!

It seems the lineup was easy to predict for most, as nine out of our 22 predictions had a perfect lineup. All but one had 10 or more correct. The key was predicting a Whitecaps victory and then getting some points on the first sub prediction. Still no ‘four’ points for first sub from anyone yet, but plenty of ‘two’ points.

A strong two first matches (first for both) from AtlantisB gives them (me) a five-point lead in the monthly standings. Still a long way to go though with five matches remaining. We will see if I can hold on!

AtlantisB (I hate talking in third person) also has a slim lead in the first half standings. I really should have given up calculating scores a long time ago! Just behind AtlantisB’s 123 are AmandaC and tecate with 121. Isabelt (120) and edmondk (119) round out the top five.

A Few Responses to Comments

CapsOnTheDrive: I don’t know. But, apparently ALL THREE are sad. Maybe we will get an answer to that this week. Speaking of which. Another shout-out to Tres_Tristes_Tigres for compiling the totals for this match!

hbamaral: They won!

AmandaC: Keep flying! Apparently it does you well.

ZTJ9901: Good call on the lineup edit.

GreyHouseEffect: Naw, you are good. Lineup and score approved! The worst is when I forget. I have done that several times and I write this thing each match!

Looking Ahead

The Vancouver Whitecaps will play two matches this week. First, they will host Atlanta United on Wednesday evening. Then they will fly to Kansas City to play Sporting on Saturday. Expect some rotation in this one. The question will be which match will see the rotation. Like the LAFC/Orlando City week, the harder match is at home, but the Caps were able to give LAFC their only loss so far this season. We could see a similar situation, although the Sporting Kansas City game is a bigger deal as they are a Western Conference foe.

As is the case all month long, correctly predict the first substitute in and receive two points. Predict the first substitute out, also receive two points. A slight change though. Since we have not had it happen yet, I think we can make the change. Correctly predict BOTH the substitute in and out and get a ‘bonus’ bonus point. Translation, two points for correctly predicting either substitute in or out. Five points for correctly predicting both.

As is often the case, we will have the Know the Enemy and Pre-Match articles up shortly. I will hyperlink to them here once they are up.

Good luck everyone!