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Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2019 (MLS Match #25) - FC Cincinnati

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MLS: New England Revolution at FC Cincinnati Aaron Doster-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 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).

Match 24 Standings

Rank User Total (Monthly) Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal
Rank User Total (Monthly) Lineup Bonus Winner Score Goal
1 Airos 13 9 0 0 1 3
1 Isabelt 13 9 0 0 1 3
1 Tres_Tristes_Tigres 13 9 0 0 1 3
4 AshMan77 12 7 0 5 0 0
4 CascadiaCrunchFC 12 8 0 0 1 3
6 edmondk 11 7 0 0 1 3
6 The Squirrel 11 8 0 0 0 3
6 Westsider13 11 7 0 0 1 3
9 tecate 10 7 0 0 0 3
10 CDPrior 9 9 0 0 0 0
10 Colombian_Southsider77 9 6 0 0 0 3
10 Stick of butter 9 8 0 0 1 0
13 AmandaC 8 8 0 0 0 0
13 AtlantisB 8 8 0 0 0 0
13 chuckbiscuits 8 8 0 0 0 0
13 hbamaral 8 8 0 0 0 0
13 rtomsheck 8 8 0 0 0 0

July Final Standings

Rank User Total LAFC Calgary SKC NER SJE Calgary Minnesota
Rank User Total LAFC Calgary SKC NER SJE Calgary Minnesota
1 Westsider13 97 16 9 14 14 17 16 11
2 edmondk 83 13 8 11 15 17 8 11
3 CascadiaCrunchFC 80 11 12 7 16 15 7 12
4 chuckbiscuits 77 14 10 8 12 19 6 8
4 Isabelt 77 14 6 7 13 15 9 13
6 AmandaC 76 14 13 6 11 15 9 8
7 GreyHouseEffect 72 13 5 15 15 17 7 0
8 tecate 71 8 6 14 13 12 8 10
9 Trest_Tristes_Tigres 68 13 7 7 10 9 9 13
10 Colombian_Southsider77 67 9 6 7 15 14 7 9
11 AshMan77 65 6 7 8 12 12 8 12
12 rtomsheck 61 9 10 11 6 12 5 8
13 AtlantisB 60 14 7 8 6 9 8 8
14 CDPrior 57 8 6 7 8 14 5 9
15 hbamaral 56 14 6 7 5 9 7 8
15 Island Life 56 14 0 7 12 15 8 0
17 ZTJ9901 53 9 8 8 16 12 0 0
18 Airos 50 14 0 7 0 8 8 13
19 CapsOnTheDrive 32 13 0 7 12 0 0 0
19 The Squirrel 32 0 8 13 0 0 0 11
21 J Stebeck 27 11 9 7 0 0 0 0
22 jvenn 16 8 8 0 0 0 0 0
23 Jitsuo 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0

Second Half Standings

Ranking User Total 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
Ranking User Total 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
1 Isabelt 159 10 12 14 7 13 15 10 12 15 15 20 16 17
2 Westsider13 155 9 15 16 14 11 17 8 9 14 11 19 15 14
3 GreyHouseEffect 153 12 0 13 12 12 17 0 10 17 11 20 12 17
4 CascadiaCrunchFC 146 10 15 11 7 13 15 9 10 15 12 16 13 16
4 edmondk 146 11 12 13 8 12 17 8 10 17 12 17 17 0
6 chuckbiscuits 144 9 12 14 8 12 19 8 17 15 12 12 9 13
6 Island Life 144 10 0 14 7 12 15 0 17 17 10 11 15 16
8 tecate 141 14 10 8 14 13 9 7 11 14 19 14 10 13
9 Columbian_Southsider77 140 0 10 9 7 12 14 6 17 17 11 20 0 17
10 Tres_Tristes_Tigres 135 12 10 13 7 7 9 10 16 16 12 14 9 14
11 CDPrior 133 19 9 8 7 8 11 9 19 14 14 14 0 8
12 AmandaC 132 10 12 14 6 11 15 8 10 9 12 15 10 14
12 AshMan77 132 9 9 6 8 12 9 12 16 14 14 20 9 8
12 hbamaral 132 19 12 14 7 5 9 8 12 17 9 14 9 9
15 Airos 126 9 11 14 7 0 8 10 11 11 9 14 16 13
15 AtlantisB 126 10 12 14 8 6 9 8 10 14 9 14 10 16
17 rtomsheck 121 10 9 9 8 6 12 8 16 0 17 14 10 8
18 ZTJ9901 75 12 12 9 8 13 12 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
19 The Squirrel 70 12 10 0 13 0 0 8 0 12 0 0 15 0
20 CapsOnTheDrive 51 9 10 13 7 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Stick of butter 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 19 0 0 0
22 Jitsuo 24 10 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 JStebeck 15 0 0 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Match Review and Preview (AtlantisB and Tres_Tristes_Tigres)

We FINALLY have a bit of a break, with only one match this week, so I have taken this opportunity to catch up on all the standings. As a result, we have a lot to get through, so let’s get right into it.

Just when we thought that we had the Whitecaps figured out (i.e., that they were going to lose every game), they sneak out a road draw on us against a playoff team. Congrats to AshMan77 for being the only person to correctly predict a draw. If only their lineup was a bit better they would have finished at the top of the standings. We had no lineup bonuses this match, as the exclusion of Godoy and Erice had big impacts on the lineup scores. The Godoy ‘benching’ was short-lasted and perhaps unsurprising in hindsight as the defender has played every minute up until this game and has been showing signs of fatigue. This was the third consecutive match without Erice in the Starting XI, which is beginning to spark some fan discussion on the issue. In our final match with the goal interval bonus, just over half of us predicted that there would be no Vancouver goal, which seemed like a fairly predictable result when the league’s second lowest scoring team goes to play on the road. Congrats to Airos, Isabelt, and Tres_Tristes_Tigres for sharing the match lead at 13 points.

It was the final match of a traumatizing July for the ‘Caps (and for AtlantisB), but certainly not for Westsider13, who ran away with the Month title, scoring 97 points over seven matches. that is quite impressive considering how unpredictable this club seemed to be. edmondk was second, 14 points behind, while CascadiaCrunchFC rounded out the top three.

AtlantisB (weird talking in third-person) finally has the Second Half Standings up, so let’s have a quick look at that. No surprise that Westsider13 has a sizable lead in that contest too, with 73 points. Following them are chuckbiscuits and GreyHouseEffect at 66 points. GreyHouseEffect might be at a bit of a disadvantage though for the remainder of the season as they have missed two match predictions, meaning they already have two ‘zeros’ to their name and all matches going forward will have to count towards their final total.

We have a new month starting (Happy BC Day!), so that means we have a new bonus category. I like to switch it up a bit, so let’s go with yellow/red card this month. Predict the first Whitecaps player to receive a yellow (or red) card in the match. You don’t have to say whether it will be yellow or red, this is just me covering myself. If you think no one will receive a card, please state that. Again, if you guess it correctly, you receive a bonus three points to your AUGUST score (and not your Second Half score).

The Caps finally have only one match this week, so that is good. However, it is still a road match (bad). HOWEVER, it is against the only club worse than them (good). HoWeVeR, it is against a bunch of former Whitecaps. hOwEvEr (is this getting annoying yet!), they were mostly castaways, so.....VWFC versus VWFC 2 of sorts? Should be an interesting match. It really could go any way. If it were at BC Place, I would be more inclined to predict a Caps victory, but then again they haven’t been stellar at home either. This is a toss-up in my opinion, and could be a turning point for the Caps or a final nail in the coffin as worst team in MLS. It will also be interesting to see who starts in this match.

As always, make sure to check out our Pre-Match and Know the Enemy pieces, up tomorrow and Saturday morning. Good luck!