Guess the Starting XI – Match 31 vs. DC United

Welcome back, everyone.

The Vancouver Whitecaps are home at last. After a long time away, VWFC hosts DC United at BC Place on Saturday night.

DC, led by Wayne Rooney and Carl Robinson, are still fighting for the last playoff spots in the East. They only have one win in their last nine, and are coming off of a 5-3 defeat to NYRB. Also, a shoutout to Cristian Dajome and Erik Hurtado!

In terms of Vancouver’s squad, Ryan Gauld is in doubt after coming off midweek in Colorado. Otherwise, everyone else is technically available, but fitness will obviously be a factor for many guys this weekend. I’ll update if/when I hear more. Ryan Gauld is listed as questionable on the official MLS injury report, as of Saturday morning.

Ok, on to rules, I’ll have standings next week.

  • 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.

17 thoughts on “Guess the Starting XI – Match 31 vs. DC United

  1. 1-0 Whitecaps

    Brown Veselinovic Blackmon
    Laryea Schopf Hoilett Raposo
    White Vite

    Too many players that could use a rest or are mildly injured or haven’t played with the team long enough. I was thinking of putting Adekugbe in but don’t know where. I like Jordan Harvey more than him back in the day. Really not sure about my picks today but oh well!

    DC doesn’t seem to do that well on the road but I can’t say our backline has been steller so fingers crossed for a clean sheet today from Takaoka!

  2. Caps 2-1
    Brown Ranko Blackmon
    Laryea Schopf Cubas Ahmed Raposo
    Vite White

    No one has Ryan starting .Hope we are all wrong

  3. Dzirkus Maximus predictions for Match 31 vs DC United
    Brown Blackmon Veselinovic Raposo
    Ahmed Berhalter Laryea
    Vite Schopf

    ‘Caps win 2-1
    Go ‘Caps

  4. White – Becher
    Ahmed – Vite – Schöpf
    Adekugbe – Veselinovic – Blackmon – Laryea

    I think we see some rotation, *but* it’s the first game at home after the Odyssey, so I think that Adekugbe/Laryea as the shiny new CMNT players start as fullbacks, but I don’t think either goes the full 90. Raposo and Brown (is Martins healthy, or was it a season ending injury?) probably sub in for them, barring a formation change.

    Cubas needs a rest, and frankly Berhalter should be able to handle the DC offensive.

    I’d say Blackmon needs a rest too, but with Laborda taking that head injury, I don’t think it will happen

    White starts, because he is a machine, but I don’t think he plays 90.

    Hoilet definitely makes an appearance. Gauld maybe, depending on the scoreline in the second half.

    And Vanni hopes that Becher can get going to provide a scoring option

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