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Published on April 20th, 2017 | by Jeff Engelhardt

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Week 8: MLS Pick’em Challenge

1. Sean F: +11 (No Change)
2. Ricky L: +7 (No Change)
3. Jeff: +4 (+2)
4. HotHam: +2 (+2)
5. David: 0 (-2)
6. Anthony P: -1 (-2)
7. Joe C: -3 (-3)
8. Jaymes G: -4 (-2)
8. Michael T: -4 (No Change)
8. Donald H: -4 (+1)
11. Ryan: -9 (+4)
12. JCIII: -18 (-2)

What a week in Pick’em! Sean F missed his first pick all year and Ricky L also stalled to give others a chance to make up some ground. Hot Ham moved up the most in the standings, jumping to fourth place, but Ryan actually gained the most points with +4 as he hit on Real Salt Lake!

As a side note, I don’t plan on using midweek games unless it is that team’s only game of the week. If a team is playing twice, the weekend game will be posted. It’s just too much to keep up otherwise. Sorry for that slight inconvenience. So here we go.

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

Toronto FC -165, Chicago Fire +425, Draw +300
Philadelphia Union -105, Montreal Impact +285, Draw +245
Houston Dynamo -100, San Jose Earthquakes +290, Draw +235
Portland Timbers -150, Vancouver Whitecaps +400, Draw +285
New England Revolution -140, DC United +400, Draw +280
New York Red Bulls -145, Columbus Crew +400, Draw +280
FC Dallas -115, Sporting Kansas City +335, Draw +240
Real Salt Lake -100, Atlanta United +255, Draw +255
New York City FC -150, Orlando City +400, Draw +285
Los Angeles Galaxy +110, Seattle Sounders +250, Draw +235
Minnesota United +175, Colorado Rapids +145, Draw +250

Jeff’s Pick: Chicago/Toronto Draw +300

Toronto doesn’t really lose or win and we don’t know if Chicago can win on the road yet. That combination makes this +300 really appetizing. I’ll gladly take the -3 in Pick’em if the Fire can pull off the win, but if it’s a draw at least I look smart.

Week 8 Picks

Jeff: TOR/CHI Draw +300
DonaldH: Chicago +425
SeanF: Houston -100
Ryan: Columbus +400
JCIII: MIN/COL Draw +250
David: FC Dallas -115
JaymesG: Chicago +425
HotHam: ATL/RSL Draw +255
JoeC: Chicago +425

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