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Guess the Starting XI - Match Three at Houston Dynamo

On the road again, the Vancouver Whitecaps head down to Texas this week in search of their first goal of the 2022 campaign.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back everyone.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the first two matches of the year, despite the fact the Vancouver Whitecaps have yet to produce a goal and only have a single point to show for it.

Nonetheless, facing the two most recent MLS champions was always going to be difficult, and it’s possible that the Houston Dynamo this week represent one of this teams best chances to grab valuable away points in the next run of road matchups, which will have VWFC face LAFC, Austin, Montreal and Seattle.

The availability of Brian White remains a big question, but other than that, I would imagine the lineup will look much the same, although Vanni Sartini is prone to the odd surprise. When looking at possible candidates to slot in, perhaps we could see a start for Seb Berhalter, Marcus Godinho, Javain Brown or Pedro Vite. Lastly, as far as I’m aware, both Erik Godoy and Caio Alexandre remain out for the time being.

On the predictions front, Isabelt is back again this season and has taken an early lead in the standings, although a number of you were all over the lineup last week, earning yourselves a full 15 points. A shout-out to AtlantisB as well for being the only participant last week to correctly predict a draw.

I’m working on my excel skills this year, so the whole table is now formatted from highest to lowest cumulative score. If you see anything that looks funky about your score, be sure to let me know, as I do go in and manually count your points, so there’s always the potential for human error here and there!

Alright, best of luck everyone, here are the rules and standings.

  • Predictions will be ‘valid’ if posted HERE (or more accurately, whichever is the correct match thread) before the lineup is officially announced, usually about an hour before kickoff.
  • You receive 1 point for every player you correctly guess to be in the Starting XI. You receive 4 bonus points for correctly predicting all 11 starters.
  • You get 5 points for correctly guessing Win/Lose/Draw, this doubles to 10 if you also predict the right score-line along with the result.
  • All this means, if you correctly predict the Starting XI, Final Score, and Winner, you can earn 25 points!
  • At the end of each half, the contestant’s lowest two scores of that period will be deducted from the cumulative standings.