Published on March 30th, 2017 | by Jeff Engelhardt0
Week 5: MLS Pick’em Challenge
1. Sean F: +6
1. Ricky L: +6
3. Jeff: +5
4. Joe C: +3
5. Jaymes G: +2
6. David: +1
6. CC: +1
8. Anthony P: 0
8. HotHam: 0
9. Michael T: -1
10. Donald H: -5
10. Ryan: -5
12. JCIII: -12
After a week off, the Pick’em Challenge is back with a full slate of MLS games. JCIII ended up losing three more points in the bye week because I gave him a shot to make up some ground, but he of course lost. So let’s get back to it!
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 5 Odds (from Bovada, home team listed first, pick only one)
Toronto FC -130, Sporting Kansas City +360, Draw +265
Seattle Sounders -155, Atlanta United +390, Draw +300
New York City FC -130, San Jose Earthquakes +330, Draw +280
Chicago Fire -115, Montreal Impact +300, Draw +265
Columbus Crew -165, Orlando City +400, Draw +320
DC United -100, Philadelphia Union +275, Draw +250
Minnesota United +180, Real Salt Lake +140, Draw +230
Houston Dynamo +140, New York Red Bulls +190, Draw +230
Vancouver Whitecaps +125, LA Galaxy +215, Draw +230
Portland Timbers -155, New England Revolution +385, Draw +310
Jeff’s Pick: Chicago Fire -115
Going with the hometown boys for the first time this year. I would like to pick a + team, but it was a tough week for that and I love the Fire’s chances. The team should be riding high off Bastian Schweinsteiger’s arrival and more importantly, Ignacio Piatti is out for Montreal. The Impact may have more absences but without Piatti, it’s going to be a very tough ask to get even a point.
Week 5 Picks
Jeff: Chicago -115
JCIII: LA Galaxy +215
Michael T: New York Red Bulls +190
Jaymes G: LA Galaxy +215
Donald H: Chicago -115
Anthony P: Chicago -115
Sean F: Vancouver +125
HotHam: Seattle -155
Ricky L: NYCFC -130
Ryan: Orlando City +400