Guess the Starting XI – Match 11 vs. Portland

Welcome back, everyone.

After midweek success in the Canadian Championship, the Vancouver Whitecaps are back in action again this weekend as they head south down the I-5 to face the Portland Timbers. The Timbers are coming off a midweek cup match of their own, having been eliminated from the US Open Cup by MLS rivals Real Salt Lake by a score of 4-3. In league play, Portland sits two spots behind Vancouver in the West with an additional game played. After a really poor start to the season, the Timbers have steadied a bit in recent weeks, with a 2-1 win over St. Louis and a 1-1 draw with Austin as their latest league results.

In terms of the Whitecaps, the mix of starters and role players which took the field in Toronto on Wednesday should leave options wide open for this weekend. Those who did not feature, or were not on the bench against York, I would imagine will have a definite roll to play this weekend. Andres Cubas and Alessandro Schopf appear likely to return to the starting XI, although striker is a real question, as Brian White was out midweek with a knock and Sergio Cordova was not in the 18 either. With Thomas Hasal not starting midweek, I also wonder if there’s any chance he gets an MLS start sooner than later.

Ok, on to 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

23 thoughts on “Guess the Starting XI – Match 11 vs. Portland

  1. 2-2

    Brown Veselinovic Blackmon Raposo
    Schopf Cubas Gressel
    Cordova Vite

    I had initially put in Caicedo for Vite and changed my mind. I hope that was a good decision! It was also hard to choose the wingbacks. And who’d be starting without White. BWAHAA Not even sure we have the potential to score two goals against Portland but coming home with a point (or 3) should be possible, right?? Right??

  2. Becher
    Gauld Vite
    Schopf Cubas Gressel
    Martins Ranko Blackmon Brown

    0-0 Draw

  3. Amanda still running away with it!

    Brown, Ranko, Blackmon, Martins
    Gressel, Cubas, Schopf
    Gauld, Vite

    Draw 1-1

  4. Takaoka
    Brown Veselonovic Blackmon Raposo
    Gressel Piranha Ahmed
    Gauld Vite

    2-0 road win for the Caps

  5. Becher

    Caps score early, Timbers score late, 1-1 final

  6. Takaoka
    Brown Blackmon Ranko Martins
    Gressel Cubas Ngando
    Schopf Vite
    ‘Caps win 2-1
    Go ‘Caps

  7. takaoka

    laborda veselinovic blackmon martins

    gressel cubas schopf ahmed

    becher gauld

    subs- hasal, berhalter, vite, caicedo, brown, raposo, cordova

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