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    I started with the football manager 2014

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  1. I haven't played since FM16 because I don't have an appropriate computer for the full version. I don't want to buy a new computer just to play FM. I'm really excited for Stadia to give me access to the full version of FM20.
  2. I manage an MLS team in every version of FM since FM14. I used to be able to give the last 15 minutes or even start young GK in FM14, but AI MLS roster management has gotten much better since FM14. The improvement is gradual, but now I can't do that any longer starting at FM16. I only sign the best youth prospects and include them in my tight roster of about 18-20 players. I usually have 0-1 good youth from academy or signed by HoYD that can fit my tactic, so I make it sure I give them the last 15 minutes of MLS games that I'm winning. I also make sure to give them starting minutes if facing a NASL team in the Open Cup or a minnow team in the CCL group stage. After a full season of development, I look at the youth prospect in comparison to the rest of the squad. If they look good enough to start some MLS games, then I'll start them against poor quality MLS teams. I watch the youth prospect throughout the game and yank him out of the game if it looks like his rating is going to dip below 6.2 or 6.3, although this is rare. By the 3rd season, he should be a rotating starter. Since my chances of getting a top youth prospect from the academy or from my HoYD is usually 0-1 every season, I really push hard every season to trade up for a top 5 draft pick. Since the draft consist of players from 20-24, you can't really develop their physical attributes, so I only draft players with good physical attributes and develop mentals and technical abilities in their first season. I enjoy developing a draftee and they usually turn into a rotational starter on my squad by their second season. I'm willing to sign a good youth prospect that doesn't fit my tactic but could be developed if loaned out every season to my USL side (although this hasn't worked for me yet).
  3. I haven't had time to play FM16 since last February or March, but that version had yearly increases to salary cap. I think it was about a 5% increase every year. Also you can buy down a DP contract when I played which is a nice feature. I suspect the same features will be available for FM17. I hope to see TAM in FM17 though as well as AUFC and MUFC (Atlanta and Minnesota). Edit: found this interesting thread about the cap Edit2: I found this about MUFC so I'm guessing AUFC will be in FM17 as well.
  4. My guess is it that it will take at least 50 years, but probably more than that.
  5. I have no ideas to add at this time. If anyone needs me to randomly edit their draft, then let me know how I can help. I don't get many opportunities to play FM, but I will eventually get around to it .
  6. Selling players is the only way to raise the budget. That is the same budget is used to buy players and raise the one year's salary cap (lowering the budget). Juninho is a great player on my save and he was eventually became a regular for USMNT in the midfield rotation of Emerson Hydnman and M Bradley.
  7. Every other game year in FM14-16, there is usually 1-2 good talent in the draft that could develop into superstars. In my recent draft posted earlier this week, there was 1 great American CAM with a lot of potential. He was snatched with the 6th overall pick, then I had to pick the second best player with the 7th overall pick. My pick was a D mid with good stats to be attacking wingback. I started training his new position once he signed his senior minimum contract. In FM15, I drafted a CAM in the year 2015 that turn into a superstar and had a lot of caps with the USMNT. In FM14, I drafted a CB that turned into regular for the USMNT as well. In all MLS saves, I don't play past 5 years so I don't know what happens after that.
  8. These teams will not be included in MLS and they won't be playable. I don't see LAFC in the game at all.
  9. I just went through the draft and regen date. There are dual national players for the draft and regen. I'm glad to see this. As for the draft, my chief scout automatically (or maybe I clicked something in my messages) starts scouting players once a list of players declared for MLS draft is in my inbox on December 19, 2015. I can't remember the exact date of the draft, but I think it was January 14, 2015. In that time span, I have to wait for my chief scout finish the initial scout before I could send my 2 best scouts do a scouting reports on potential 3+ star players. There aren't anyone I wanted to draft after the 1st round, which is consistent with the last 2 versions of FM. There is also an option to buy a extra designated player slot for $150k targeted allocation money if I look at Board. I can see 150k targeted allocation money if I look at my finances (under "League Specific"), but its the same amount from season one to season two. I'm not sure when or if I will get more targeted allocation money to save. One last good improvement increases in salary cap from $3,500,000 in the first season to $3,650,00 in my second season. Senior minimum contract also increased from 60k to 62k. I'll continue to monitor and post these value as I progress through the seasons. If there is one thing I would like to improve for next year's FM, then it would be Youth Recruitment and Junior coach having no limit. Right now, the highest both can achieve is "average". Search "Major League Soccer". Hover your mouse over "Transfers" for a drop down list. Select "Estimated Trade Values"
  10. Its been like this for years. We will have to ask for an update on this with FM17? I get frustrated with MLS trades. I usually enquire about the player I want instead of just starting the trade from scratch. Most of the time, I can't offer enough to get the player I want because MLS can only trade up to $500k.
  11. I forgot to mention that the team mentality is standard. What would the automatic CM do?
  12. I have been using the 4-4-2 counter very effectively against any offensive minded managers or formation. The 2 tactical instructions I would avoid is prevent keeper from passing short out of the backfield and using a higher defensive line. You want to invite more pressure and have the opponent's players pushing up. Then the opponent will have to push the defensive line higher, which would leave a lot of space for my 2 fast forwards to exploit. Seems like the 2 wide midfielders are too slow in any role i play them in FM16, so I just make sure they can pass well enough to my 2 FAST forwards (AF/DLF). IMO the 2 forwards we the most important pieces to make this counter tactic effective for goal scoring opportunities, while the 2 banks of four provide great defensive shape. I see on this forum about people complaining about fullbacks pinching towards the middle too much, which leaves a lot of room for an attacking winger or fullback. I don't really see much of this with the 2 banks of four because the wide midfielders pick up the attackers (even when I don't instruct them to do it). Now my fullback can decide to help keep the defensive line and decide to help his CB against a striker or go pick to pick up an attacker in the wing. Against attacking formation, the 4-4-2 has helped me limit the opponent's shot on goal and give me about 50% possession. I have been playing this counter formation in MLS (3 star league). Thanks Ozil for the idea.
  13. I stopped trying to trade for any players that are not transfer listed. Try enquiring about the player you want to see if the other team wants anything you have. They usually just want money, but the crappy part about that is you can only trade up to 500k. Players like Accam or Nagbe are impossible to get because their respective teams want several millions. I'm waiting to see if draft picks become more valuable once the season ends and we know which team gets top picks. Then maybe I can trade away any valuable picks for Accam or Nagbe.
  14. I use 4-4-2 counter against 4-2-3-1 or against any offensive looking formation. Use play out of defense, be expressive, pass into space. There is a recent thread in this section discussing counter tactics. I have been very successful so far. I seem to always lose the possession and shot on goal battle when playing against 4-2-3-1 with my main formation 4-1-2-3 DM wide.
  15. In my MLS save, half the teams play with 2 defensive mids against me after midway through my first season.
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