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Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2019 (MLS Match #27) - DC United

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MLS: Philadelphia Union at D.C. United Scott Taetsch-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 #26 Standings

Rank User Total Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Yellow Card
Rank User Total Score Lineup Bonus Winner Score Yellow Card
1 Colombian_Southsider77 20 9 0 5 3 3
2 edmondk 17 10 1 5 1 0
2 GreyHouseEffect 17 9 0 5 3 0
2 hbamaral 17 9 0 5 3 0
2 Island Life 17 10 1 5 1 0
6 Tres_Tristes_Tigres 16 10 1 5 0 0
7 CascadiaCrunchFC 15 9 0 5 1 0
7 chuckbiscuits 15 9 0 5 1 0
7 Isabelt 15 9 0 5 1 0
10 AshMan77 14 11 3 0 0 0
10 AtlantisB 14 9 0 5 0 0
10 CDPrior 14 11 3 0 0 0
10 tecate 14 9 0 5 0 0
10 Westsider13 14 9 0 5 0 0
15 The Squirrel 12 10 1 0 1 0
16 Airos 11 10 1 0 0 0
17 Stick of butter 10 9 0 0 1 0
18 AmandaC 9 8 0 0 1 0

August Standings

Rank User Overall Score Cincinnati Portland DC United San Jose Montreal NYCFC
Rank User Overall Score Cincinnati Portland DC United San Jose Montreal NYCFC
1 Isabelt 95 12 15 15 20 16 17
2 GreyHouseEffect 90 13 17 11 20 12 17
3 Island Life 86 17 17 10 11 15 16
4 Columbian_Southsider77 85 17 20 11 20 0 17
5 Tres_Tristes_Tigres 84 16 16 12 14 9 17
6 CascadiaCrunchFC 82 10 15 12 16 13 16
6 Westsider13 82 9 14 11 19 15 14
8 AshMan77 81 16 14 14 20 9 8
8 tecate 81 11 14 19 14 10 13
10 chuckbiscuits 78 17 15 12 12 9 13
11 AmandaC 76 13 9 12 15 13 14
12 Airos 74 11 11 9 14 16 13
13 AtlantisB 73 10 14 9 14 10 16
13 edmondk 73 10 17 12 17 17 0
15 hbamaral 70 12 17 9 14 9 9
16 CDPrior 69 19 14 14 14 0 8
17 rtomsheck 68 19 0 17 14 10 8
18 Stick of butter 29 0 10 19 0 0 0
19 The Squirrel 27 0 12 0 0 15 0
20 ZTJ9901 9 9 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)

Scores this week soared higher than a Darren Mattocks tap in as we saw an average score of 15 points including 2 perfect lineups, 12 loss predictions, and 3 correct score line predictions. Colombian_Southsider77 even came up with a correct card prediction when the consensus had seemed to go with Montero instead as the likely culprit.

Speaking of Columbian_Southsider77, they used the 20 points from Portland to open up a three-point lead on Island Life for the August standings. CDPrior is in third...if only they had predicted a Caps loss in the last one, to go with their perfect lineup prediction.

Looking at the Second Half standings, chuckbiscuits (98) holds a two-point lead over Westsider13 (97). That Match #25 difference (17 vs 9) seems to be the key. GreyHouseEffect (93), edmondk (82) and Island Life (92) round out the top five.

Looking ahead to this weekend, the Caps are home to DC United. Home should mean that they are more likely to obtain a result, but lately even that seems unlikely. Whether departing Rooney plays for DC United will probably factor in to things, along with if Chirinos can get the visa situation sorted out. Ricketts is available, but is likely to be a bench player. That means we could see the same faces in this one. Of course, since Erice has barely played of late, and we will all exclude him from our lineups, he will make an appearance in the Starting XI!

Good luck with your predictions. As usual, look for our Know the Enemy and Match Preview pieces to help with your predictions.