None of us predicted the accurate score for last week's showing, but Taylor managed to get the scorers correct and expanded his lead at the top of the standings. There are a couple of writers in hot pursuit though so this one is far from over.
This week, many of the writers are predicted a neutral/negative result. Only Cody and Ben are predicting victories (your resident optimists, ladies and gents). If FC Dallas loses this match, you can blame Jason as he is on the road and he predicted a loss. If they win, we need to start a Kickstarter to send him to more matches.
Here are the updated top five:
Scoring breakdown for the season will be implemented using the following:
1 for predicting the correct result
3 points bonus for predicting the exact score
3 point bonus (optional) for nailing the correct scorers for FC Dallas only.
Maximum available weekly points are 7 points.
Here are our predictions. What do you think happens tonight?
|Andy Jaeger||Andy is somewhere in Europe, doing Europey things (we hope).|
|Ben Lyon||Win||3||1||There's been some noise about FCD is a poor road team, but check the standings. Yeah, that's right- they're one of 6 teams that's managed 2 or more road wins this year. Mauro as 'false 9' bewilders New England. With the precision and brutality of the Barber of Seville, he slices and dices their backline into a topiary corpse. In a repeat of last year, he, Castillo, and Barrios all score, and the guns go silent at the Fort except for an Agudelo consolation goal late.|
|Cody Gamond||Win||2||1||Barrios saw the salary sheet and comes out angry and looking for a raise with a brace.|
|Drew Epperley||Draw||1||1||FCD gets a first half goal from Castillo but New England battles back late to get their 8th million draw of the year.|
|Jared Tilley||Draw||1||1||FCD has more quality chances and controls most of the game. They just lack that final touch to capture the 3 points.|
|Jason Poon||Loss||0||2||All good things come to an end.|
|Mohammad Bushnaq||Draw||2||2||FC Dallas and the Revolution fight to a hard-earned entertaining draw from both teams. Dallas has to score to keep up with its troubles defending on the road. Tesho gets on the board and Hollingshead has another excellent match on the right hand side earning himself a goal. New England counters with a Kamara strike and a goal from Fagundez or Nguyen.|
|Nathan Hill||Draw||2||2||FC Dallas scores early, which is promising, but New England roars back with 2 in response. A late answer from Tesho equalizes. Pareja reveals that he has implemented a new strategy to motivate the team- if they don't play well, he will bore them with details about his current Football Manager save. The players show a new grit on the road.|
|Phil Luetchford||Loss||1||2||While the performances against Seattle and Portland were promising for FCD, New England's performance in Kei Kamara's debut was promising as well. FCD will be playing on turf without a couple key players. A goal from Tesho keeps the game close but ultimately just out of reach for Dallas.|
|Ryan Scalon||Loss||0||1||FCD does well on the road but the ball doesn't bounce favorably for them. Instead the goal comes from some dumb mistake from a defender as Juan Agudelo pounces to net the only goal of the game.|
|Scott Hiney||Per the agreement of our loan policy with FC Dallas' front office, Scott Hiney will forfeit his predictions until the loan comes to an end.|
|Taylor Hester||Loss||1||2||Dallas is starting to return to form, but on the road with no Hedges still? And probably no Urruti? Don't see them getting three points or even one unless one or both of them play. But that's doubtful. Kamara gets his first for the Revs, and Lee Nguyen adds another. Tesho gets on the scoresheet for FCD.|