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Guess the Starting XI MLS Match #3 Preview & Contest (Colorado Rapids)

We prepare you for the Vancouver Whitecaps next match with match information, player availability, and predictions. Speaking of predictions, we have our regular Guess the Starting XI and Final Score contest. 

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The Vancouver Whitecaps were set to play the Colorado Rapids this weekend, at BC Place, however, that will not occur now. We are on hiatus until the Coronavirus FreakOut ends. Nevertheless, here is your match preview

Match Information

Opponent: Colorado Rapids

Location: BC Place

Game Time: NO IDEA!

How to Watch: From a bunker isolated away from everyone else

Referee: Grim Reaper

Guess the Starting XI and Final Score Contest

As is routine for every match, we have our regular Guess the Starting XI and Final Score contest. Let’s see how good you are at getting into the manager’s head and predicting how the game will turn out. In addition, we will have monthly, fun, bonus prediction categories, such as yellow cards, substitutions, goal scorers, etc.

Contest Details

· Contest article will be posted on Thursday for weekend matches and Mondays for Wednesday matches.

· 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 CONCACAF 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, which means 1.5 hours 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 typically 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

I will wait on this until the next match, so we have something to actually talk about.

Match Preview (???)

The Vancouver Whitecaps, and their fans, will be held up in independent bunkers for the foreseeable future. What does that mean for you and I? We need to find other things to occupy our time. Personally, I am working on my lovely garden and the WAY TOO MANY plants that I currently have in my home. I am at 82 and plan to get to 100 before summer!

Injury Update (will update as information becomes available)

Injury: None.....yet....but they are coming

Suspension: Major League Soccer

Visa Issues (aka, deciding that no where is safe): Ranko Veselinovic

Declining to be Transferred: Lee Dong-Gyeong

Predictions

Give me a fun topic to create a lineup for...doesn’t have to be Whitecaps, Soccer, or Even Sports.

BONUS CATEGORY UNTIL A MATCH IS PLAYED AGAIN: Day of Next Vancouver Whitecaps Match