Published on March 9th, 2017 | by Jeff Engelhardt


Week 2: MLS Pick’em Challenge

We are one week into our MLS Pick’em Challenge and here our the standings!

1. Anthony P: +2
1. Sean F: +2
3. Jeff: +1
3. Jaymes G: +1
3. Ricky L: +1
3. CC: +1
7. Joe C: -1
8. Ryan: -3
8. JCIII: -3
8. Donald H: -3

As you can see, there are 10 people playing currently, which means a gift card is on the line for the season winner! But the catch is we need at least 10 people all the way through to keep the gift card prize going and there is plenty room for more people to jump in. The rules are designed to allow people to jump in and catch up with some + odds picks that pay off!

So let’s get a refresh on the rules.

Each week, you get a chance to pick ONE result from any MLS game. It does not have to be the same game I pick. And points will be earned for each correct result and COULD be lost for a wrong pick. We will keep track of everyone participating and update standings in each weeks post.

If you pick a result with – odds, you are picking the favorite. You can only gain one point (whether it’s -100 or -300), but you will not lose any points if you are incorrect. If you pick a result with + odds, you are picking the underdog. In this scenario you get bonus points based on how big the underdog. But because you are swinging for the fences you can also lose points.  Here is a brief rundown.

+100 odds, you get 2 points if they win, but lose 1 point if it loses

+200 odds, you get 3 points if they win, but lose 2 points if it loses

+300 odds, you get 4 points if they win, but lose 3 points if it loses

Hopefully that all makes sense. Feel free to ask questions if you are confused.

So I will list the odds for every game each week and you just need to submit the pick before kickoff the particular game you are playing that week. You can submit your picks by leaving a comment here or tweeting to @FireOnIceSoccer with the hashtag #pickem

Week 1 Odds (from Bovada, home team listed first, pick only one)

Chicago Fire -100, Real Salt Lake +280, Draw +240
NE Revolution –130, Orlando City +335, Draw +260
NY Red Bulls -125, Colorado Rapids +335, Draw +255
Philadelphia Union +145, Toronto FC +185, Draw +235
Montreal Impact +135, Seattle Sounders +200, Draw +235
Houston Dynamo +110, Columbus Crew +250, Draw +235
Sporting KC +125, FC Dallas +220, Draw +230
San Jose Earthquakes -130, Vancouver Whitecaps +375, Draw +255
New York City FC -110, DC United +295, Draw +250
Minnesota United +150, Atlanta United +185, Draw +230
LA Galaxy -110, Portland Timbers +295, Draw +240

Jeff’s Pick: Houston +110
Houston with + odds at home against a Columbus team that barely held on to win at home is way too good to pass up. Houston’s attack looks like it is for real this year and I think they easily carry the good vibes over to this Saturday and get a win. NYCFC at -110 is a safe pick and a Draw in Kansas City seems possible in the cold weather. But put me down for Houston.

Week 2 Picks
Jeff: Houston +110
Jaymes G: Seattle +200
Sean F: Atlanta United +185
JCIII: Vancouver +375
Joe C: Atlanta United +185
David: Seattle +200
HotHam: DC United +295
Donald H: Chicago -100
Michael T: FC Dallas +220
Ryan: Vancouver +375
Anthony P: FC Dallas +220
Ricky L: Houston +110

Standings Heading Into Week 3 (# in parenthesis is result from the week’s pick)
1. Sean F: +4 (+2)
2. Jeff: +3 (+2)
2. Ricky L: +3 (+2)
4. Joe C: +1 (+2)
4. CC: +1 (NA)
6. Anthony P: 0 (-2)
7. Jaymes G: -1 (-2)
8. Donald H: -2 (+1)
8. HotHam: -2
8. Michael T: -2
8. David: -2
12. Ryan: -6 (-3)
12. JCIII: -6 (-3)






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