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    I am American and will have a hard time calling soccer football


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    Basically all sports excluding Nascar but I do like Formula 1

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    Houston Dynamo, MUFC

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    Ashton United

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  1. Transfers Lots of business this offseason with 8 players coming in and 9 players leaving. Joel Ball is the first to leave, this was agreed to two years ago and I had no input because it was too good to pass by. Sam Johnson from last years youth intake is gone mainly due to his height. Couldn't pass up the $6.5m for Campanelli as he never really adjusted to the top flight last year. McLaughlin and Osman leave on frees. Mark Wilson is gone for $18.5m, potentially $22.5m, due in part to an inability to score and his wages. Mario Silva for $500k, he wasn't playing enough to justify his wages. Giovanni Amadori leaves for $6m because he didn't play after Gospavic came in. Steve Phillips for $725k, he kept complaining about his contract and playing time. Marcos Vinicius was agreed to come in this past January, a good DM with a lot of potential and worth a flyer for $550k. Filip Gomboc comes in for $350k, he's got good attributes where he needs them just has to improve his mentals. Jose Luis Luna is a Mexican AMR, originally signed as a backup but with Dill coming I will look to loan him out this season. Mario Dill, the 6'4" German wonderkid that fell in my lap, he wanted out at Bayer Leverkusen and will split time on the right wing this year. The biggest outlay of the summer is Hermel Rios, a very good CB who will anchor the defense for years to come. Trevin Williams was brought in to backup Bogle. Eridson Cande was brought in to learn the inside forward role for AML and backup Pachola. Rodrigo Mena for $800k and will start at the DM and could be a steal if he continues to develop. Preseason Average preseason, mainly about fitness. New Stadium Finally got a new stadium that I had been asking for years for. 24,105 capacity for only $40m, hopefully its good value for money.
  2. Thanks, we overachieved massively. Ten Season Review I thought that now would be a good point to look back at what has happened in all the big competitions so far. League Competitions There are some surprises out there with the likes of RB Leipzig, Athletico Madrid, and Liverpool winning at least one league title. Unsurprisingly PSG and Bayern Munich are dominating their leagues but the Premier League is a constant battle like in real life and Milan has wrestled Serie A supremacy from Juventus. Champions League & Europa League First Champions League with Juventus winning the first edition in the game, followed Real Madrid, Man Utd. winning 3 titles, Liverpool won 3 titles, Man City finally got their trophy, and lastly Milan winning the latest edition. The Europa League has nine different winners including Chelsea, Arsenal, PSG, Schalke, and Sporting. International Competitions The Euros have seen the Iberian Penisula win both competitions with Spain being in both finals. The UEFA Nations League has seen everyone but Spain and Germany win it. Finally, the World Cup which has seen The Netherlands defeat Argentina and Italy beat a surprising Serbia in the biggest competition in sports.
  3. April & May Good last two months of the season with victories over Leicester, Man City, Arsenal, West Brom, and Newcastle. The loss to Everton is partly due to playing some youngsters. Pachola found his goal scoring touch with four goals in a three-game span. Mark Wilson scored what is probably his final goal for the club as he was relegated to the bench due to inconsistent goal scoring. League Table Finished the season in ninth place, a new high for the club, with 52 points, 50 goals scored, 53 goals conceded, and a -3 goal difference. Very unexpected due to the lack of depth and quality in defence and striker. Finances I think we have some money now. Squad Stats Pachola and Zoran Stevic really made the difference this season with 13 and 7 goals, and 6 and 7 assist respectively. Gospavic started every game after his transfer to the club and is already a good Premier League player at 18. Gard and Suarez rotated at center back to pair with Zubcic. Bogle and Blaney started every Premier League game this year. Pulgar was a good DM for us this year but will not be back next year mainly due to his age. I will look to sell Campanelli, Wilson, and Amadori as their just not good enough for this level. Farrell and Boyce may be on the way out just depends on the right offer coming in. Lastly, this will be Lewis Wilmot's last year at the club, while a faithful servant, I just can't justify keeping him in the squad.
  4. February & March Started out February well with a 5-1 demolition job against Southampton and a 2-0 win against Wolves but the lack of consistent goal scoring from strikers continues to hurt us. The 2-2 draw with Liverpool pissed me off because we were up 1-0, cruising, then a back pass from Gospavic to Blaney in which he just allows Christian Pulisic to take off him and score. This hurts Gospavic's rating and confidence which causes him to be easily beat on their second before Wilson scored the equalizer late. We were poor the next matches against Brighton, Bristol City, Blackburn, and Bournemouth and fully deserved those results. The 2-0 lose to Tottenham should have been far worse as they outshot us 31 to 5, and those 5 shots came in the second half and were nowhere near being a goal. League Table Through March we sit in 10th place on 37 points and 8 points above relegation with 6 games to go. We're in a good spot considering the lack of quality in the side coming into the season and the limited resources to spend in the transfer market. Youth Intake An okay youth intake with the best being David Meleka, a goalkeeper with some good attributes for 15 yo. Hopefully he can grow taller in the next few years and improve on his first touch. Sam Johnson has the right attributes to be an AP but is way too short to be of use. Don't think Ash Worrall is very good and have no clue what to train him as in the midfield. Rob O'Hanlon has a good base for an RB and could grow into a nice squad player in the future.
  5. Good job so far hopefully you can start getting results out of those close matches. With those attributes staying up as many times as you have must have been a miracle.
  6. I noticed that you score a ton of goals but conceded even more, are you using an all-out attacking tactic or is your defense just that bad?
  7. Thanks, it has been hard lately though. December & January Only two wins in December and January, the losses outside of the big 6 hurt because those are matches that we need to get results in. Out of both the F.A. Cup and EFL Cup which ends our chance for silverware. The draw against Chelsea was a heroic defensive effort being outshot 21 to 2. It would be nice if a striker would consistently find the net but Mark Wilson looks hapless and Deco is in a drought right now. League Table After a terrible last two months, we now sit in 13th place but only 3 points above the relegation zone. It is very tight at the top with four within 3 points of each other for the title. Transfers Two players come into the squad in January with Gospavic being agreed on in the summer. Alen Valkovic is a box to box cm who immediately slots into the starting xi alongside Stevic. He has loads of potential and is already a Premier League player at 19 yo. Goncalves moved to AFC Wimbledon for $195k because his contract was running out and he no longer had a spot in the squad.
  8. Great job staying up! Hopefully a young striker can step up next season. Brea with only 9 points has got to be the lowest point total I've seen in a season.
  9. October & November Undefeated over the last two months with two wins and five draws. Good wins against Blackburn and Leicester. The match versus Brighton was boring, then came the bottle jobs. Up 2-0 going into the 80th minute, then gave up two goals. Down 2-1 to Bournemouth and managed to snatch a draw with Wilmot's late equalizer. Then being up 2-0 at the half to Man City before throwing it away in the first 15 minutes of the half and battened down the hatches to not concede another. Overall a good two months that could have been better. Skipped the Chelsea match because I thought we would lose but come out with a win due to penalties. League Table Those results have seen us shoot up to 10th in the table through 14 matches. Was supposed to open the season against Southampton but they had to go through Europa League qualifying that messed up a few schedules.
  10. Thanks and mighty they are. Transfers Very busy transfer window with six players coming, eight out on loan, and a lot of (mainly youth) players released. I was given a little over $30 million to spend this window and with a couple of positions that needed to be improved, I tried my best. Brought in Erick Pulgar on a free, he's a better option than Vaughan but is on the wrong side of 30 and will probably only be here for two seasons. Pelayo Suarez in for $1.7m is a little better than Gard and will allow me to rotate the three center backs. Jayden Bogle was bought for $5m is just so much better than Phillips and so far has been a bargain with performances at right back. Darren Civezlis for $4.3m to take over on the right wing as we transition into the Premier League but has struggled to start the season. The young Serbian central midfielder Zoran Stevic in for a cheap $2.7m will hopefully be a dynamo for years to come. Finally, the big money signing in the form of $13m wonderkid Pachola, even though we don't play an AMC he has the attributes to be an inside forward on the left side. Lastly is Dejan Gospavic the 17-year-old left back who joins in January and will compete for the starting role right away. League Preview Unsurprisingly predicted to finish in the league but the journalist in this game are always wrong. August & September Pretty good start to life in the top flight besides the 5-0 demolition job by Man Utd, who have Sancho and Mbappe to lead the line with a world-class newgen. Surprising results against Man City and Liverpool with their big money players. Disappointed with the West Ham result as we were in it throughout the match and should have come away with at least a point. Yes, Lewis Wilmot is still, yes he still plays for us, and yes he can still score goals. League Table Through two months we sit in 15th place with 8 points. The lack of goals from forwards is worrying and could signal the need for a signing in January.
  11. April & May Very average last two months of the season started with two losses and a draw but managed to win two of the last three to end the year. The thrashing of Millwall was a welcome sight after the struggles towards the end. Even though we did enough to gain promotion, Blackburn was nipping at our heels and making a real race out of it. Did we do enough? League Table Barely champions, Blackburn really turned up the performances at the end but we did enough to squeak through. The playoff battle was really competitive this year with two points separating 4th and 9th. It would be a battle between Swansea, Hull, Stoke, and Bristol City for the final Premier League spot. Playoffs Bristol City who barely made the playoffs are up. The Stoke vs Hull tie was crazy, with Stoke up 2-1 after the first leg. That's it for the year, I forgot to screenshot the stats but I know that Mark Wilson lead the team with over 30 goals.
  12. Sorry for not updating for awhile, school has gotten very busy at the moment February & March Very good February with four wins and one loss in the league, looked unbeatable on our day. Then March came with four straight draws to clubs all over the table and a loss to Bristol City to end the period. Don't know what happened, we had the same amount of oppurtunities but just couldn't put the ball in the net. League Table Still in first but our lead is shrinking, now just 5 points ahead of Blackburn but 12 point ahead of Hull in 3rd. Sorry Coady and Nobby I'm trying to help them but they just don't want to get promoted right now. Youth Intake Not as good as last years but still decent. The only is that the best prospect, Lloyd, is a center back a position we already have good youth in.
  13. December & January Not a good start to December with the losses to Leeds and Swansea, but bounced back with back-to-bck victories against Millwall and Bury (Wilson scoring 6 goals in the two matches), and finally a draw at Hull to end the month. Beat Notts County to advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup against Arsenal and got a suprising draw at home. The loss to Luton and draw against Charlton hurt because they are both in a relagation fight right now. Big win against Blackburn who sit fifth in the league. League Table Still seven points ahead of Hull in first, have a huge match against Derby in the beginning of Febuary that may decide promotion. The battle for the playoffs is very intense this year with Bristol City in 13th only seven points off of Derby in 3rd. There was no moves done again in the January, other than Will Swan leaving for Vancouver because he was not playing.
  14. It is, the two losses sucked but you can't win every match. October & November Overall a good two months with 5 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses. The losses to Ipswitch and Sunderland were entirely deserved, we just did not play well in those matches. Snatched a late equalizer against Preston to end November. The victories against Middlesbrough, Hudderfeild and Brentford are very impressive as they have all played in the Premier League in the last 3 or 4 seasons and still have alot of quality. League Table Still in 1st place but only by 7 points after the little blip in form. Maybe those victories are not as impressive with both Brenford and Middlesbrough are in the relegation zone. Still top the league in goals scored and one of the best defenses so far. Squad Stats Heres how the boys are doing so far this season. Mark Wilson leads the team in goals at 13 with only 8 for finishing. Campanelli having a very impressive campaign with 6 goals and 5 assist. Zubcic has been the best defender on the team and hopefully he gets a call up to Croatia. Paul Vaughan has appeared 20 times this season and has come along way since last season with lots of potential still to fill.
  15. It was a shame, we could never find a second goal scorer behind Wilson. I didn't notice that Villa had been relegated til you said so. Transfers First are the outs and the only big name is Jose Gata. He had kicked up about wanting to leave during the season and he was played out of the squad so for $625k it was time to say goodbye. Matt Blake, Kallum Butt, and Aleksandar Nikolic leave on free transfer, they never played and had no future so why keep them. Besides that a bunch of youth players are out on loan. Only two players come in with the addition of Lee Farrell and Giovanni Amadori. Farrell comes in for $230k, a cheaper and better option than Gata and someone that can help grow the squad in the next few years. Amadori was brought in on a free and will rotate with Classon at Lb, unfortunately he got injured before the start of the year and missed the first few matches. League Preview Of course the media thinks that we will finish bottom again, thankfully predictions do not always become reality. August & September We fixed the goals problem from last season, at the end of September we have a league high 29 while only conceeding 9. I've noticed that either we blitz oppenents from the start (Bury, Notts Forest, and QPR) or it takes us a little bit of time to get going. The Hull match had to be the most impressive, just from the fact that we went down 0-1 and were creating very little to making a few subs and turning it around in the space of 2 minutes threw Deco. Mark Wilson yet again leading the line with 7 goals but with contributions from Campanelli, Chibueze, Wilmot and Deco. The only losses to Charlton in the EFL Cup and Sheff Utd (frustrating match as we edged the stats but could not finish our chances). League Table After two months we sit top of the table, 4 points ahead of Derby and this might be, hopefully, the year we get promoted. The tactic has flipped the script from last season and we'll see if it continues. Tactic I've been watching Second Yellow Card's series on youtube and really liked his tactic so I thought we would give a try. Started using it towards the end of last season with mixed results but as the squad got more used to it the boys have really taken to the system and performing really well so far. 2026 World Cup Thought y'all might like to see who to bet on in 2026. Suprised to see Serbia make it all the way to the final but ultimately lossed out to Italy.
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