Everyone is welcome back.
Following a crucial home victory over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday, led by star midfielder Ryan Gauld, the Vancouver Whitecaps will look to maintain their positive momentum this weekend when they travel to their former temporary home at Rio Tinto Stadium to face Real Salt Lake.
Salt Lake currently sits fifth in the West with 37 points after 25 games, so they have some breathing room over the Whitecaps in seventh place. However, if the Whitecaps can make a dent on the road, it will go a long way toward cementing their playoff hopes.
Salt Lake most recently defeated the Sounders 2-1 at Lumen Field, but prior to that, they were defeated 4-1 at home by league-leading LAFC, so their form has been inconsistent.
Most Whitecaps fans will recognize Zac MacMath in goal, but Vancouver must be wary of the Venezuelan duo of Sergio Cordova and Jefferson Savarino, who have done the majority of the attacking damage for RSL this season.
Real Salt Lake’s Zac MacMath during a game against the San Jose Earthquakes at PayPal Park on July 30, 2022 in San Jose, California.
Image courtesy of John Todd/ISI Photos/Getty Images.
In most statistical categories, Salt Lake is a pretty average MLS team, according to the numbers. They, like Vancouver, don’t have a lot of the ball (only 46% on average), so it’ll be interesting to see who takes the lead in this one, especially if Seb Berhalter and Alessandro Schopf start again for Vancouver.
Brian White and Javain Brown are both listed as doubtful for Vancouver due to injuries. I’ll keep you posted if I learn anything new.
Brian White will make the trip, but I would be surprised if he starts in Salt Lake.
Now for the rules and standings:
Predictions will be considered ‘valid’ if they are posted HERE (or, more precisely, in the appropriate match thread) before the lineup is officially announced, which is usually about an hour before kickoff.
You get 1 point for each player you correctly predict will be in the starting XI. You get 4 extra points if you correctly predict all 11 starters.
You get 5 points for correctly guessing Win/Lose/Draw; this is increased to 10 points if you also predict the correct score-line along with the result.
All of this means that predicting the Starting XI, Final Score, and Winner correctly will earn you 25 points!
The contestant’s lowest two scores from that period will be deducted from the cumulative standings at the end of each half.