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Rose City Forecast 33: PTFC vs DCU

MLS: Portland Timbers at D.C. United Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Here we are for the penultimate forecast of the season. The Timbers’ final road game ended in disappointment as San Jose took away all three points with a 2-1 win. San Jose scored early in the 16th minute to take the lead they held for the rest of the match. They got their second just four minutes after half time, while the Timbers didn’t get on the board until the 87th minute when Nagbe fed Blanco the ball.

This was a very low-earning week in the prediction thread as well, as Timbers Pride takes home the best prediction of the week with four points after predicting the Blanco/Nagbe combination for a goal. Landoid earned the points for the recommended post for suggesting that Nagbe would find the exact spot of the puddle trip he suffered in a previous game and spit on it. Shout out to GeorgeCorps17 for getting equal recommendations for suggesting that Stott would use VAR to look at previous seasons of San Jose games in order to give Steven Lenhart a lifetime red card.

The standings:

Standings Match 32

Participant Total Points Last Game
Participant Total Points Last Game
STYLES34 162 1
MacVanek 134 1
UNOprivateer 130 1
shrekpdx 126 1
Bosoxtjh18 121 0
Schmadam08 121 1
GeorgeCorps17 116 2
Withdrawn Striker 114 2
Z_thrilla 111 0
MindfulCyclist 107 2
landoid 101 3
richard.hamje 100 1
RCTID26 99 0
Crafty_PDX 93 0
Timber DT 92 0
MofoOG 88 1
Deschutes 87 0
my favorite axe 86 2
lefhanded49 85 1
4-5-2 75 1
jackwiddy 74 2
hoser!hoser! 71 0
Qoolio 71 0
Rhyanoceras 70 0
BarmyTarmy 67 0
MrMoody 66 0
Independent_Cascadia 64 0
Weresquatch 64 0
straight red 63 1
deadjeff 57 0
JonMc 53 0
Timbers Pride 52 4
TheChooChooChin 47 0
afreborg 45 0
Hendrik Johannes 45 0
PGHTimber 45 0
PenguinChe 44 0
Z-Whiz 43 0
dhenrichs 41 0
Webfooter17 39 0
Timber Dave 38 0
product_placement 36 0
Put-Me-In-Coach 36 0
James Bondo 31 0
YoBergo 30 0
picknroll222 26 0
TigardTimber 25 0

On Sunday, the Timbers return home to face DC United in what is a must-win for the guys in green if they want any chance of a first round bye in the playoffs. It should be something they can accomplish. DC has the worst record in the east, and the third-worst in the league. Neither have they been good on the road, losing 11 of their 14 away games so far. Meanwhile, it’s been months since the Timbers failed to take three points from Providence Park. Can they take care of business and secure their spot in the playoffs?

Over/under: 2.5 total cards

The Scoring Format:

  • Correct score: 5 points
  • Correct result (draw/win/loss): 3 points
  • Each clean sheet: 2 points
  • Each goal-scorer: 1 point
  • Each FK/PK/assist/lack of assist: 1 point
  • Goal/assist bonus: 1 point
  • Player with the first yellow card of the match: 1 point
  • Each player with a red card: 1 point (Cannot earn points for predicting 0 red cards)
  • Over/under on total cards: 1 point
  • Most recommended/most outrageously accurate prediction: 2 points

Some ground rules and explanations/clarifications (the fine print):

You may amend your prediction at any point up to kick off to account for game day 18 announcements. I recommend at least getting an initial prediction sooner, just in case you forget to come back in that hour or two before the game.

Keep your scoreline predictions realistic. Basically, if you’re predicting lots of goals all the time to just earn points on goals and assists and ignoring the score, I feel that goes against the spirit of this thread. This hasn’t been at all a problem in the last two years, so let’s keep it that way!

The goal/assist bonus is an additional point if you correctly get the correct scorer and assistant on the same goal. (e.g., if Nagbe scores, assisted by Valeri, and you predicted that exact combination you get a total of three points - 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 bonus. However, if you predicted Nagbe scores assisted by Adi and Adi scores assisted by Valeri, you would get two points from the Nagbe/Valeri prediction - 1 goal, 1 assist)

Please be clear whether you think a goal will be unassisted, assisted, or from a PK/FK. Unassisted = no assist, run of play; Assisted = player who got the assist; PK/FK = directly from a free kick. For the purposes of this thread, a PK counts as a FK, and a FK as a PK. If you just leave the assist section blank, I will assume you’re declining to make an assist prediction.

Even though a player can be awarded a secondary assist by OPTA, I will award a maximum of one assist point per goal. But that point can come from either the primary or secondary assist in the box score. However, please keep your predictions to one assist per goal.

For the over/under on cards, a second yellow leading to a red counts as two cards, not three.

You may predict more than one red card if you’re expecting a chippy match, but only up to three total.

Most weeks, I will reward the most recommended prediction with the 2 points. However, if someone predicts that Caleb will bring a towel to dry off Seattle’s field, and he does, they’ll probably get those two points, regardless of whether they got the recs. We’ll also be testing this out, because I want to be careful that this doesn’t end up favoring the first few people to post their prediction. As I see it, the goal here is to add even more fun without going too over-the-top ridiculous.

If you’re looking for where I set the over/under on total cards, check the end of the preview paragraph after the standings.


In the comment title, post your predicted score with the winners, eg: 4-2 Timbers

In the body of your comment, start with the goals and assists, like so:

Nagbe (Valeri)

Valeri (Free kick)

Adi (PK)

Blanco (Unassisted)

Beckham (Free kick)

Donovan (Beckham)

Next, choose your first yellow card, and that means picking only one person.

First yellow to Nigel De Jong

Then reds, if any. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.)

Nigel De Jong gets a red card for stomping Blanco.

Clearly note whether you’re predicting over or under on total cards. Don’t leave me to try and figure it out!

And lastly, make your fun prediction.

Nigel de Jong tries to stomp Nagbe’s ankle again, but this time, Nagbe avoids the tackle. Being angry Nagbe for the first time in three years, he kicks the ball straight into NDJ’s groin. Camera pans to a trademark Chara smile.

As always, any questions about anything?