Opinion

Published on April 28th, 2017 | by Jeff Engelhardt

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Week 9: MLS Pick’em Challenge

1. Sean F: +12 (+1)
2. Ricky L: +8 (+1)
3. Jeff: +1 (-3)
3. David: +1 (+1)
5. HotHam: 0 (-2)
6. Anthony P: -1 (N/A)
6. Michael T: -1 (+3)
8. Joe C: -7 (-4)
9. Jaymes G: -8 (-4)
9. Donald H: -8 (-4)
11. Ryan: -13 (-4)
12. JCIII: -20 (-2)

Well, it was a bad week for a lot of folks. There was a bunch of swings and misses on the Fire game and, in fact, only four people had a correct pick. Michael T had the best week calling an Atlanta win, but the two leaders are doing what they need to do by hitting on favorites and slowly building their lead. Can anyone turn their fortune around? We’ll find out.

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

Toronto FC -175, Houston +500, Draw +300
Montreal Impact -115, Vancouver Whitecaps +320, Draw +255
Orlando City -130, Colorado Rapids +370, Draw +265
Columbus Crew -115, New York City FC +300, Draw +270
New York Red Bulls -165, Chicago Fire +425, Draw +310
FC Dallas -135, Portland Timbers +380, Draw +270
Minnesota United +135, San Jose Earthquakes +200, Draw +235
Sporting Kansas City -170, Real Salt Lake +500, Draw +280
Seattle Sounders -160, New England Revolution+450, Draw +285
Los Angeles Galaxy -135, Philadelphia Union +375, Draw +270
Atlanta United -155, DC United +400, Draw +290

Jeff’s Pick: Minnesota United +135
There are a lot of real “sure things” on paper this week, but I’m to the point where I’m looking for multiple points to try to catch up. But I also don’t want to take another -4, so Minnesota is the play. They’ve quietly improved and should be able to persevere over a traveling San Jose side.

Week 9 Picks

Jeff: Minnesota +135
DonaldH: Chicago +425
JaymesG: San Jose +200
HotHam: RSL +500
David: Sporting KC -170
MichaelT: Seattle -160
SeanF: Orlando City -130
AnthonyP: ATL/DC Draw +290
JCIII: Vancouver +320
Ryan: Portland +380
RickyL: Toronto -175

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