JLlo

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  1. Yes, Chivas USA fold at the end of the 2014 season in game. This replicates real life. Try adding your team as a new team to the 2015 season like Mars managed to do above.
  2. Ah yes, that's correct; turns out NYCFC trade their SuperDraft picks every save. Bugger. It does still seem that there's a possibility to successfully do this.
  3. Awesome job, Mars. The expansion draft works for you, it didn't for me. Could you upload your file so I can see what you've done differently to me please? Did you notice NYCFC don't get a pick in the 2015 SuperDraft? Same things happens on mine too. But I think this is a bug as they don't get a pick when you load up the game without any editor data. Orlando City do each time.
  4. Excellent stuff, Mars. I followed your lead by trying to add an extra 2 teams to the 2015 season, but instead used the advanced rules to edit the 2015 season ruleset. This kind of worked; The 2 new teams (along with NYCFC and Orlando) were successfully added to the 2015 season and the season took place, the new teams entered the SuperDraft and the Expansion draft. However, the expansion draft wasn't successful as it stopped in the first round when it got to the 3rd team's (one of the new teams) pick. I still can't get new teams added for any year other than 2015 though. But things are definitely looking promising. Hoping that someone with experience using the advanced rules will take a look at this.
  5. I tried something similar; the draft and rules remained, NYCFC and Orlando joined in 2015 as expected, but the 2 teams I set to join the following year didn't join. I've barely used the advanced rules before, so perhaps someone who is more au fait with them can try to get this working.
  6. Not had the time, as yet. Will see what I can do.
  7. Looking at the Advanced Rules for USA, I'm convinced we should be able to add expansion teams for future seasons. There's a ruleset for MLS 2014 (19 teams) and a ruleset for MLS 2015 (20 teams). So surely rules for 2017 can be added to include the next two expansion teams. Though I'd highly doubt the expansion draft will work for any expansions after the hardcoded NYC FC and Orlando City in '15.
  8. Thanks Willz, much appreciated. Hopefully Widehawk will release a FM15 version of this so I won't have to do anything!
  9. Any chance you could upload the file, please? I was going to cross-reference it with all the Japanese transfers from the Summer onwards and remove the duplicates.
  10. Links are dead. Does anyone still have the files for the latest version of this? Widehawk, are you going to be releasing a Japanese DB for FM15?
  11. Another thing... Whilst we were steamrolling teams every week we were the odds on favourite for every game. Since our run of bad form we've become MASSIVE underdogs in every game, even against the bottom of the league teams - we're currently 3rd despite the poor form. That doesn't seem right. Our next game is against a team that are 30 points behind us, yet we're a 10-1 underdog and described as 'vastly inferior' to - seems crazy!
  12. Thanks again for the replies guys, there has been some thought provoking responses. However, can we please keep the bickering to a minimum - it could overshadow some of the helpful advice that's being given. Theron - I do understand some of the points you're bringing up and I know all too well how frustrating it can be. Though I do not believe it to be a 'conspiracy' - I was obviously doing something or approaching certain things wrong. Though I will note one thing - my severe downturn in fortunes started right after I restarted FM after a power cut - I always leave my iMac on, thus FM normally never gets switched off either. I'm putting it down to a coincidence though. I'll have a look for that post you mentioned in regards to Team Talks and post a link to it in here. UPDATE: Here is the link to the above mentioned Team Talks post. Going through your points... 1) I've been thinking the same. A tactical rethink may be needed, or at least a tactical experimentation. 2) Intriguing. Confidence was extremely high whilst on our good run. 3) I've not delved too deeply into player personalities, I feel I need to now. I do notice that my players reactions change far too much during games - going from anxious, to confused, to relaxed, to composed and back to anxious all in the space of a single half. 4) This would make sense. Perhaps some of my 'bigger' players have a low consistency stat - may explain why my star striker could fall into a barrel of boobs and come up sucking his own thumb at the moment - classic Ian Holloway comment. 5) After the performance we put in against SPL side Motherwell (2 divisions above) in the cup (3-3 at home and then 2-2 away in the replay - lost on pens) tells me big games are a strength. But then again, against Rangers in the league the previous season we got brutally torn apart every time we played them. Against the top teams in my league this season, I was walking through them until the slump. So unsure of the answer to this question. This makes sense - I was tending to play on the counter most of the time. Back to the drawing board I think. I still believe morale has something to do with this dreadful run I've been on. I've tried team meetings & private chats, non have had the desired effect. Any suggestions on boosting morale? Obviously a win would do us the world of good - sadly not looking likely!
  13. The reason I didn't post a screenshot was because it's not specifically tactical advice I'm after; I'm quite happy to go through trial & error with my tactics as it's the only way I'll learn. I'm more interested in the other factors that have caused my tactic, that was working, to suddenly become awful - things such as morale, teamtalks, etc. Yes, I'd figured this may be a problem, that's why I have a few variants of my tactic - one specifically for playing against teams who setup with a flat 4-5-1. In regards to man management - I think I was 'aggressive' to my players when we started performing badly, this may have made things much worse! Morale was sky-high until I started losing a few games. I called a team meeting and told my squad that I believed we'll still get promoted this season and the reaction to it was very good; most players' morale went back up. But this didn't have any effect, as in the next game we got a thumping again. I like your theory on dropping expectations from team talks, maybe this is where I've been going wrong. I kept asking my players (assertively) to perform to keep our good run going, and then once we started losing every game I began to demand they win the matches. I'll experiment with lower expectation in team talks and see if the players relax more and return to how they were performing earlier on in the season. I've never been a fan of team talks in FM, I feel they are too limited and seem to have too much (negative or positive) effect.
  14. Hey, Don't worry, this isn't going to be a rant about the ME or anything like that. I'm just in need of some advice or a nudge in the right direction. I'll lay the scene... I started a save/career unemployed and got my first job in February 2013; Hayes & Yeading, who happened to be bottom of the Blue Square South. My task was to save them from relegation. I've barely played FM over the last few years, I've been too busy. So I decided to read-up on all the helpful posts on this forum to acquaint myself with all the new aspects of the tactics screen - most notably, 'shouts.' Using the knowledge I'd gained from the likes of Cleon & wwfan's posts on here, I was able to create a decent tactic and a set of 'base' shouts for my style of play. It worked quite well and I was able to win the majority of the remaining games of the season - helping Hayes & Yeading to a comfortable 13th place finish. During pre-season, I replaced the weak links in the side with, in my opinion, far better players. I decided to keep the same tactic as it seemed to be working well. I then went on to lose 5 of the first 6 games of the season, resulting in me being unceremoniously sacked! A short tenure indeed. My tactic had stopped working, my team went from playing free flowing football to looking like something at a circus. My final game before I got the sack, I was 4-0 up at Half-time and I lost 5-4 - this was despite having 70% possession. My next job was at Dumbarton, who were bottom of the Scottish Second Division and heavily in debt. I had no funds to bring in any players, except for a Spanish centre-half on a free transfer who would act as a ball-playing defender. My squad was so thin that my strongest match day squad would have to feature 5 players from the under-18s. Due to the players I had, I could play no other formation than 4-4-2. I created a style of play that initially had mixed success but improved as the season went on. I managed to scrape into the playoffs, and after two 0-0 draws I was dumped out on penalties by the second-bottom team in the league above. My wage budget for the new season was cut by 1/3, due to the poor financial condition we were in. This meant I wasn't able to strengthen the squad. However, I did manage to bring in 4 loan signings, who would improve my team. Before the league season started there was a number of cup games to play. My team had once again turned into clowns, I was knocked out of two cup competitions back-to-back by lower-league teams. Both games I was heavily beaten - again, despite dominating possession. I noticed I was having all the possession but hardly any shots. So I realised I must be doing something incredibly wrong and I started to read the posts on this forum again, reading every helpful thing I could find. I then started from scratch and built a new (4-4-2) tactic & a new set of shouts. It was an instant success! I was playing good football, dominating every team I played against and beating them comfortably. I went on a 14 match unbeaten run (12 wins, 2 draws - one of the draws was in the Cup against SPL side Motherwell) and was running away with the league at such an early stage. My team was practically invincible, mowing teams down with relative ease. My star striker played in 10 of those games, scoring 10 goals, getting 8 assists & 7 Man of the Match's. Then something went drastically wrong, but I have no idea what as I didn't change a single thing, or even had any injuries. I only won 3 of the next 14 games, with 7 defeats & 4 draws. My team has turned into clowns again, they can't pass, tackle or shoot. My striker, who I mentioned above, hasn't scored (or made an assist) in the last 14 games. The opposition score with almost every shot they have on target. One game, I lost 1-0 to a team with 9-men and I missed 3 penalties! I'm now 14 points behind the league leaders. When I watch the games it's like watching a completely different team to the one earlier in the season - my defenders are all over the place and my strikers couldn't hit a bulls arse with a banjo! I'm really at a loss, I'd appreciate any advice on the situation. What can cause a tactic or style of play to go from seemingly invincible to totally useless? It seems to make no rational sense, but I believe I must be doing something wrong. Is it down to morale, team talks or any other outside factor? The same thing has happened at both the clubs I managed - the tactics abruptly stopped working. It's not like I was narrowly winning & now I'm narrowly losing, I was comfortably winning & now I'm getting heavily beaten. I'd just like some help on getting my head around this debacle and understanding why it can (& has) happened. I'm royally baffled... Advice on a postcard please.