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Jason the Yank

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  1. Uh, that's definitely a bug. Mexico and US capped at 4 entries in the ConcaChamps.
  2. Not on our side. Think it's a bigger deal to the Canadians than it is us.
  3. Boo, Mexico. (although I was going to suggest them, since you can do a Gold Cup-Copa America double with them. )
  4. So I'm late catching up with this, but: Correct. It's basically players who are let go because they're not good enoguh. In general, MLS player contracts are structured as a series of option years. So you might sign a player to one year plus three options years. If a club chooses not to exercise the option on a player, he goes into the re-entry draft. If a team takes him in the first round, they have to pick up that option (so if he has a club option to play next season at $150,000, the selecting club has to pay him the $150,000). If he isn't selected until the second round, the selecting team can negotiate a new deal (so maybe they negotiate a $100,000 salary with the player) In practice, players are rarely selected in the first round because of having to pick up the full terms of the option year. Yeah, it's roughly similar to the "reserve clause" that European football had before the Bosman ruling, except it only applies to MLS. Players whose MLS rights are held by an MLS club can still sign with any non-MLS club, whether in the US or overseas. This has been tweaked IRL. There's now a distinction about designated players who are aged 24 or younger, and if you use your third DP slot on one of those lads then you can waive the charge to buy the third slot. Correct, the SuperDraft has lessened in importance as more emphasis is being put into academies now. IRL, Dallas has about 9 of their starting XI being academy products. Yep, the combine brings together all of the players who are in the draft pool. IIRC, Ruud Gullitt left after 45 minutes of the first game. Probably helps explains why his tenure in Los Angeles was short and comical. I believe the combine is still sponsored by adidas, which explains the batshit crazy names. Yes. In the past few years, MLS and USL (our third-division league) signed an agreement that allows MLS clubs to either sign an affiliation agreement with a USL side (allowing them to send up to 4 players to the USL club) or fielding a full "B" team in the USL. Most clubs now are going with the full B teams but there are a couple like San Jose that are still just in affiliation agreements. FWIW, here's the full list of MLS squad rules and regulations: http://pressbox.mlssoccer.com/content/roster-rules-and-regulations (and I think FM hasn't even replicated the general allocation/targeted allocation money rules )
  5. Echo what the others have said, love seeing saves in lesser-used/known leagues.
  6. Klinsmann would be excellent for you lot. You should hire him straight away. Don't waste time with interviews.
  7. Howdy. Haven't been here in a while. Laptop never did get resolved. Generally it's fine as long as I don't move it (but then what's the point of a laptop ), but I've kept going back to Crusader Kings 2. Think I have less than 100 hours on this edition of FM (closing in on 900 hours with CK2 ).
  8. The Indy's chief football correspondent says you lot should go after Klinsmann if Hodgson leaves: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/why-england-should-chase-jurgen-klinsmann-to-take-over-from-roy-hodgson-a7095491.html I fully endorse this thought, and I'm available to drive him to the airport.
  9. You mean like Nesta and Cashley, who've also been brought in? Frankly, I'd rather see our teams doing it the right way, like Dallas. Develop your own players instead of relying on aging mercenaries. But then academy products don't get you TV deals, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  10. I don't know who those people are, because I certainly don't see it. If anything, I'd say we have a greater tendency to hype up our younger national team players like Jordan Morris or Christian Pulisic, whether they're in MLS or an overseas league. Anyone who really watches the league would agree it's not Serie A or EPL. But how many leagues are?
  11. The problem with MLS is it's a "perception = reality" situation. Most of our games are on late (by European standards), and it's not a high-profile league so it's easy to not keep tabs on what's going on here. My guess is Conte didn't want to pick Giovinco and just reached for the lazy excuse. Pirlo hasn't been good here either, so leaving Pirlo out makes a lot of sense. Again, perception = reality. I mean, I can't fault you too much for that. Every time I happen to see what MLS games Sky are showing the UK it's inevitably teams with someone the audience knows: LA for Gerrard, NYCFC for Lampard, Orlando for Kaka, Houston for Owen Coyle, Red Bulls for, well, because it's New York. Means nobody gets to see, for example, Dallas which has literally about 10 of their starting XI coming out of their academy.
  12. Their planning needs work, since they just dumped that cash into expanding the old one.
  13. Sports Business Daily on this side of the pond reporting that Chelsea will pay adidas US$57M to end their kit partnership 6 years early. http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Global/Issues/2016/05/12/Marketing-and-Sponsorship/adidas-Chelsea.aspx
  14. OTOH, Champions League cash would go a long way to relieving the financial crunch. (though, tbf, we're really talking about a group stage appearance)
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