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Guess the Starting XI Final Standings of 2020

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We recap the prediction season that was in all the various forms.

SOCCER: NOV 01 MLS - Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Portland Timbers

It was a weird season but the Vancouver Whitecaps 2020 season has come to a close. I wanted to take this time to thank everyone for participating in our little contest. You may or may not have noticed that I took a step back from writing on 86Forever. I decided that I would finish off this season’s Guess the Starting XI contest but that it would likely be the last season of it. I could come back for 2021 but as of now, the plan is for me not to run this contest next season. That doesn’t mean it can’t be run. I am more than happy to pass this off to anyone else who would like to keep it going and share all my various spreadsheets and such. With that over with, let’s get into the final standings.

I developed a bunch of spreadsheets chronicling the various scoring configurations we could have and then decided that it would get confusing having eight of standings. Therefore, I elected to go with two…and one ‘everything’ table. First, we have the traditional Overall Standings. We knew the results of this prior to the final match, but we will reiterate it here. Congratulations to IslandLife who secured 245 points (worst three weeks removed). They had a sizeable victory over their next closest opponent AshMan77, who finished with 230. The top three was rounded out by Isabelt at 225. It was tight for fourth as four people were separated by one point! The rest of the standings can be seen below.

Final Overall Standings

Ranking User Total Score SKC LA Galaxy TFC TFC Montreal TFC Montreal Montreal RSL LAFC Portland Seattle SJ RSL LAFC LAG SJ SEA POR LAG
Ranking User Total Score SKC LA Galaxy TFC TFC Montreal TFC Montreal Montreal RSL LAFC Portland Seattle SJ RSL LAFC LAG SJ SEA POR LAG
1 IslandLife 245 14 14 11 0 0 8 15 16 19 11 13 17 14 17 11 10 16 12 19 16
2 AshMan77 230 14 9 15 13 8 13 10 14 10 16 12 15 13 15 12 9 17 7 16 16
3 Isabelt 225 14 10 14 14 14 9 16 7 12 14 14 14 14 9 11 10 11 13 19 11
4 Atlantis B 223 14 10 15 9 14 9 12 0 11 14 14 15 14 9 9 0 16 15 15 17
4 Mykvechkin 223 14 10 15 13 8 9 12 7 17 9 10 0 14 17 14 14 19 7 14 14
5 chuckbiscuits 222 14 9 16 0 9 8 11 7 17 9 17 14 17 12 11 10 12 9 19 16
5 Westsider13 222 19 11 15 13 16 8 12 9 8 13 14 13 13 8 8 14 0 14 19 11
8 tecate 214 14 11 0 16 8 10 16 13 9 9 9 15 8 15 16 17 12 12 11 9
9 AmandaC 212 14 12 14 12 8 14 12 13 14 7 9 17 7 9 10 9 12 5 17 16
10 CDPrior 192 0 13 9 8 8 13 7 14 15 8 9 11 14 0 15 9 16 8 15 0
11 elcapitano2 187 0 0 7 8 8 11 6 15 10 9 8 9 8 13 15 10 17 10 14 15
12 GreyHouseEffect 166 14 9 14 14 14 8 16 7 9 14 16 16 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 rtomsheck 127 14 14 7 11 0 14 10 14 16 9 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Airos 65 11 11 0 0 14 8 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
15 edmondk 50 14 8 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 TR M 33 14 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14
17 Fudmur 31 22 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Jitsuo 28 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 TillmanD 28 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Victor Abbott 28 20 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 J Stebeck 24 14 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 The Squirrel 24 14 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Tres_Tristes_Tigres 24 14 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 freewheeling 23 14 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Jph003 23 14 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Mriswith 23 15 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 Stick of Butter 23 14 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 WhitcapsfanfromOntario 22 14 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 Norwegian Would 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 Sixyarder 8 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Per the request, I also compiled an Overall Standings with the MLS Tournament included. Like our regular standings, this excluded each participant’s worst three matches. Here we had a tie at the top between Isabelt and Islandlife, who each had 287. They were followed closely by Ashman77 with 285. Again, everyone can have a look at the standings below to see where they finished.

Final Overall Standings (including MLS is Back Tournament)

Ranking User Total Score SJE Seattle Chicago SKC SKC LA Galaxy TFC TFC Montreal TFC Montreal Montreal RSL LAFC Portland Seattle SJ RSL LAFC LAG SJ SEA POR LAG
Ranking User Total Score SJE Seattle Chicago SKC SKC LA Galaxy TFC TFC Montreal TFC Montreal Montreal RSL LAFC Portland Seattle SJ RSL LAFC LAG SJ SEA POR LAG
1 Isabelt 287 16 20 8 17 14 10 14 14 14 9 16 7 12 14 14 14 14 9 11 10 11 13 19 11
1 IslandLife 287 9 9 13 11 14 14 11 0 0 8 15 16 19 11 13 17 14 17 11 10 16 12 19 16
3 AshMan77 285 14 8 15 17 14 9 15 13 8 13 10 14 10 16 12 15 13 15 12 9 17 7 16 16
4 chuckbiscuits 277 11 14 8 22 14 9 16 0 9 8 11 7 17 9 17 14 17 12 11 10 12 9 19 16
5 tecate 276 16 20 9 17 14 11 0 16 8 10 16 13 9 9 9 15 8 15 16 17 12 12 11 9
6 Atlantis B 270 12 17 9 9 14 10 15 9 14 9 12 0 11 14 14 15 14 9 9 0 16 15 15 17
7 AmandaC 268 11 11 17 17 14 12 14 12 8 14 12 13 14 7 9 17 7 9 10 9 12 5 17 16
8 Mykvechkin 246 9 0 0 0 14 10 15 13 8 9 12 7 17 9 10 0 14 17 14 14 19 7 14 14
9 Westsider13 238 0 0 0 0 19 11 15 13 16 8 12 9 8 13 14 13 13 8 8 14 0 14 19 11
10 CDPrior 235 9 11 12 11 0 13 9 8 8 13 7 14 15 8 9 11 14 0 15 9 16 8 15 0
11 GreyHouseEffect 218 14 15 8 15 14 9 14 14 14 8 16 7 9 14 16 16 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 elcapitano2 193 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 8 8 11 6 15 10 9 8 9 8 13 15 10 17 10 14 15
13 rtomsheck 156 11 9 0 9 14 14 7 11 0 14 10 14 16 9 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Airos 113 14 15 0 19 11 11 0 0 14 8 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
15 edmondk 108 16 17 8 17 14 8 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Fudmur 80 9 15 8 17 22 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 TR M 33 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14
18 Jitsuo 28 0 0 0 0 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 TillmanD 28 0 0 0 0 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Victor Abbott 28 0 0 0 0 20 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 J Stebeck 24 0 0 0 0 14 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 The Squirrel 24 0 0 0 0 14 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Tres_Tristes_Tigres 24 0 0 0 0 14 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 freewheeling 23 0 0 0 0 14 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 Jph003 23 0 0 0 0 14 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Mriswith 23 0 0 0 0 15 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 Stick of Butter 23 0 0 0 0 14 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 WhitcapsfanfromOntario 22 0 0 0 0 14 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 Norwegian Would 14 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 Sixyarder 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Finally, I wanted to compile an ‘everything’ table, just for fun. Best 17 is our regular overall standings. All 20 is without each participant’s worst three matches removed. Best 21 is our standings with MLS is Back tournament included. All 24 is every match without worst three removed (but no monthly bonuses included). Finally, All 24 (with bonuses) is everything. All points earned this season in all the contests.

As I do each season, I also put together some stats on best predictions (I don’t know what else to call it). Of participants with more than 30 points on the season, Airos had the best average lineup score at 9.44. IslandLife was second at 9.32 and AtlantisB was third at 9.23. Mykvechkin led the pack with 4 perfect lineup predictions, but IslandLife and Isabelt scored the most lineup bonus points with 17. Translation, more 10/11 predictions. Of the 24 matches this season, Isabelt and Ashman77 correctly predicted the winner in 13. This was followed by IslandLife and Westsider13 at 12. Of those with more than 100 points on the season, edmondk was the best at predicting the scoreline, averaging 0.88 points per match. They were followed by Airos (0.67) and chuckbiscuits (0.65). Finally, we didn’t have a lot of bonus categories this season, but IslandLife and Isabelt were tops, both securing 36 points this way. They were followed by AshMan77 and AmandaC with 30.

Various Standings and Prediction Rates

User Best 17 (without bonuses) All 20 (without bonuses) Best 21 (includes MLS Tournament) All 24 (includes MLS tournament) All 24 (with bonuses) Average Lineup Score Total Perfect Lineups Total Lineup Bonus Points Correct Winner Prediction Score' Score Total Monthly Bonus Points
User Best 17 (without bonuses) All 20 (without bonuses) Best 21 (includes MLS Tournament) All 24 (includes MLS tournament) All 24 (with bonuses) Average Lineup Score Total Perfect Lineups Total Lineup Bonus Points Correct Winner Prediction Score' Score Total Monthly Bonus Points
Airos 65 65 113 113 119 9.44 1 7 3 0.67 6
AmandaC 212 231 268 287 317 8.83 1 12 11 0.54 30
AshMan77 230 254 285 308 338 9.04 2 12 13 0.58 30
Atlantis B 223 232 270 279 303 9.23 2 12 10 0.64 24
CDPrior 192 192 235 235 253 8.38 1 7 8 0.57 18
chuckbiscuits 222 237 277 292 319 9.13 3 17 10 0.65 27
edmondk 50 50 108 108 117 9 1 4 5 0.88 9
elcapitano2 187 193 193 193 217 8 1 4 8 0.56 24
freewheeling 23 23 23 23 23 9.5 1 3 0 0.5 0
Fudmur 31 31 80 80 80 9 1 3 3 1.33 0
GreyHouseEffect 166 166 218 218 239 8.88 1 5 11 0.41 21
Isabelt 225 250 287 311 347 9.17 3 16 13 0.42 36
IslandLife 245 253 287 295 331 9.32 3 17 12 0.59 36
J Stebeck 24 24 24 24 24 10 1 3 0 0.5 0
Jitsuo 28 28 28 28 28 10 1 3 1 0 0
Jph003 23 23 23 23 23 10 1 3 0 0 0
Mriswith 23 23 23 23 23 9.5 1 3 0 0.5 0
Mykvechkin 223 237 246 246 261 8.71 4 15 7 0.62 15
Norwegian Would 14 14 14 14 14 11 1 3 0 0 0
rtomsheck 127 127 156 156 162 8.86 1 5 4 0.5 6
Sixyarder 8 8 8 8 8 8 0 0 0 0 0
Stick of Butter 23 23 23 23 23 9.5 1 3 0 0.5 0
tecate 214 230 276 292 313 9.13 2 14 11 0.57 21
The Squirrel 24 24 24 24 24 10 1 3 0 0.5 0
TillmanD 28 28 28 28 28 10 1 3 1 0 0
TR M 33 33 33 33 33 6.33 1 3 2 0.33 0
Tres_Tristes_Tigres 24 24 24 24 24 10 1 3 0 0.5 0
Victor Abbott 28 28 28 28 28 9 1 3 1 1 0
Westsider13 222 238 238 238 256 8.63 1 6 12 0.42 18
WhitcapsfanfromOntario 22 22 22 22 22 9.5 1 3 0 0 0

I have made it so that everything can be sorted, so you can go through the various columns and see how everything shaped out.

Again, thanks to everyone who participated this year. I know that it was difficult because of our situation in life as well as the Whitecaps being a strain to watch, but we made it! I hope that this contest comes back next season!

Finally, here is a list of all the previous winners

Previous Winners

2016

  • First Half Winner: Arjon (176 Points)
  • Second Half Winner: AtlantisB (208 Points)
  • Non-MLS Winner: Arjon (88 Points)

2017

  • First Half Winner: Arjon (221 Points)
  • Second Half Winner: dfree646 (194 Points)
  • Non-MLS Winner: AtlantisB (80 Points)

Monthly Winners

  • April: Arjon (87 Points)
  • May: jacinto (99 Points)
  • June: AtlantisB (69 Points)
  • August: chuckbiscuits (71 Points)
  • September: dfree646 (93 Points)

2018

  • First Half Winner: dfree646 (199 Points)
  • Second Half Winner: The Squirrel (206 Points)
  • Non-MLS Winner: rtomsheck (57 Points)

Monthly Winners

  • March: dfree646 (70 Points)
  • April: GreyHouseEffect (46 Points)
  • May: dfree646 (58 Points)
  • July: Arjon (93 Points)
  • August: AtlantisB & CascadiaCrunchFC (81 Points)
  • September/October: GreyHouseEffect (123 Points)

2019

  • First Half Winner: IslandLife (204 Points)
  • Second Half Winner: Isabelt (204 Points)

Monthly Winners

  • March: AmandaC, CascadiaCrunchFC, tecate, & Westsider13 (53 Points)
  • April: CapsOnTheDrive (65 Points)
  • May: IslandLife (113 Points)
  • July: Westsider13 (97 Points)
  • August: Isabelt (95 Points)
  • September/October: Columbian_Southsider77 (60)

2020

  • Overall Standings Winner: IslandLife (245 Points)
  • MLS is Back Tournament: Tecate (62 Points)
  • Canadian Championship: GreyHouseEffect (82 Points)

Monthly Winner

  • October: IslandLife (118 Points)