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  1. When I start a new save using these files I do not see any of the Central American leagues - should they be available?
  2. In case it helps I just uploaded a file I made the last time I encountered a spurious message.
  3. I received the message again and checked the contract status of the three players indicated - the contract status had gone blank! I reset their contract status to full-time again. I have noticed some odd behavior in this version of FM with regards to contract status so if this continues I may need to report a bug in the game.
  4. Thanks for the suggestion but all of the players are on normal full-time contracts. In fact, MLS does not have the concept of youth contracts like other leagues. The players in question are fairly young so perhaps FM gets a bit confused by their age despite them being on full-time adult-level contracts.
  5. In the periodic advice from my staff on the development of my players I sometimes see the statement "needs to train full-time". I can think of no reason for this message as the players are all full-time first team players on the same schedule and intensity as the rest of the squad. What does this mean?
  6. I just received another message in July telling me the board is disappointed I didn't win the league championship, but the season isn't over yet! You really must stop the board members from having so many cocktails prior to meetings I tried to attach a save made as soon as I received the message but apparently the file is too big to be attached. Note that although I received this message, and a request for an interview from the media, when I check Club Vision my grade is A+ and there is no indication of displeasure from the board.
  7. Sorry, I'm a few months further into the season and older saves have been overlaid by now.
  8. I don't know if Uncle Sam is working on it or not, but I see another person active in the FM 20 downloads forum who indicates he is working on a similar pyramid.
  9. Playing a save as FC Dallas (MLS) I received a message from my board in March that they were disappointed that I did not win the league championship. The season starts in March, and I did in fact win the championship the previous season. I think the board needs to be prevented from having so many lunchtime cocktails before they meet.
  10. I was having problems with the graphics as well, and my rig is a gaming-oriented performance model with a performance video card and plenty of video memory. Eventually I discovered that my came configured with two video drivers, an integrated driver from Intel, and my Nvidia driver. Then I learned that Windows 10 allows us to customize which video driver is normally used for any specific application (display settings -> graphics settings). Some systems are configured with two drivers, one for low-power mode (such as laptops), and one for high performance. Once I set FM to use the Nvidia
  11. If Uncle Sam converts his pyramid to work with FM 20 then many of the problems with MLS and their academies and B teams are resolved, although the game still places some restrictions on what his download is able to do.
  12. Try getting out of that panel and going on vacation for a day. This has solved problems for me in the past.
  13. I wish the in-game editor was available so I could peek at the MLS academy teams. I went back and looked at the latest database for FM19 for grins. Atlanta, for example, had Bello and Carleton on the roster, with PAs of 150 or so. Bello in the database is age 15 and Carleton is 17, but he was already with Atlanta in the previous year. Looking at the rosters for the more powerful first teams I see that anyone with a CA of 130 or better would be in the top 3 to 5 players, even on the most powerful teams. The bulk of the MLS teams is made up of players with a CA of 120 or less, mostly less.
  14. Hey Mars, are you seeing this in FM20 or did you see it in FM19 and before? I ran some tests on earlier versions of FM (e.g. FM19) and using the editor I put kids in the academy that could have competed for first team minutes but never got a contract with the parent club. can't say what FM20 does or doesn't do since I haven't tested it and a good test is difficult without the in-game editor, so I am interested in what you have seen.
  15. I'm encouraged that someone from SI is taking a close look at these issues, so let me reiterate one that I've mentioned in the past and is still a problem: the MLS teams are not signing talented kids from their academies. IRL most teams are now much more interested in identifying and developing young talent and we see kids from their academies as young as 15 or 16 appearing in first team matches, sometimes even starting. The game's AI, however, has MLS teams ignoring the academy kids while European teams gobble the talented MLS academy kids up, especially teams from Scandinavia and Germany
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