Guess the Starting XI – Match 26 at NYCFC

Welcome back, everyone.

It’s the third match of the week as the Vancouver Whitecaps will be at Yankee Stadium to take on NYCFC midday Saturday. After two impressive road wins, can the Whitecaps make it three in a row this weekend?

In terms of the squad itself, it’s always tricky to project how much squad rotation we will see, as it really depends on how guys recover from Wednesday. Andres Cubas will be back after missing out midweek and I would guess Sam Adekugbe is due for another start as well after coming off the bench Wednesday. Other than that, players like Ryan Gauld and Brian White, who have already played heavy minutes this week, might be due some rest. But how hard will Vanni Sartini push his squad to get the win? We shall see.

Ok, on to rules, I’ll have fully updated standings following the weekend.

  • 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

(Image Credit: NYCFC)

23 thoughts on “Guess the Starting XI – Match 26 at NYCFC

  1. 2-1 NYCFC
    Laborda Veselinovic Blackmon
    Laryea Schopf Vite Raposo
    Gauld White

    Hmm…tough to predict the score with this one! NYCFC seems to either score a bunch or none at all BWAHAHA And I have no idea which Caps are starting so who knows about our goals. I bet we’ll have some great chances though. Will Gauld and White get a rest? Will today be Cordova’s time to shine? What I like is that the Apple announcers say his name correctly even they though they mangle Veselinovic. Had I known the match was on TSN today, I’d be watching later!

  2. Starting XI against NYCFC
    Brown Blackmon Veselinovic Laborda
    Schopf Cubas Adekugbe
    Gauld vite

    ‘Caps win 2-1
    Go ‘Caps

  3. White Becher
    Adekugbe Schöpf Vite Laryea
    Blackmon Veselinovic Laborda

    I think they rest Gauld after we didn’t sub off last game, so that means Vite stays in as a creative attacker.

    Adekugbe and Laryea to put through crosses and have both forwards in the box.

    I’d have said that White should rest too, but… Cordova being iffy with his recent injury, White scoring in 5 straight road games *plus* it’s his original MLS team and he will have 50+ family and friends in the stadium… I don’t see how Vanni doesn’t give him the start.

    Although I’m sure the plan a week ago was to run out Cordova in Portland so White wouldn’t be starting 3 games in 7 days, but at this point why mess with it?

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