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  1. I love playing in the MLS. With that being said, without the USL being active it is very difficult to keep your prospects training and fit. They only get gets during friendlies or US Open Cup. Can you please allow the MLS to increase the cap space as the years go by. It would be neat to see that if in 20 years, you can get it on the level of Europe's big leagues. Only way we can do that is if the league gains prestige and is allowed more money per team.
  2. Hello everyone, I tried to edit an mls file with the pre game editor to make the salary cap and the number of allowed designated players for each team higher. I don't know what I did wrong, but it seems that there are no squad rules in the game implemented, when I load my editor file, although I tested/verified it in the editor. I used the advanced rules to set it up with editing the fixture rules to a salary cap of 8 Million $/p.a. and 4 designated players for each team. I saw a video on youtube for the fm2015 editor, a guy changed the salary cap for the australian hyundai a-league on the same way I did above and I tried it with the fm2018 for the hyundai a-league as well, but it did not work either. Has something changed from the 2015-2018 editor, that needs to be edited as well, to get the changings implemented in the game?
  3. MLS Transfer Rules

    So i have a database i set up that gets rid of a lot of the MLS rules against transfers, but one rule i cant seem to get rid of is the fact that MLS gets 33% of all transfers. Is there a way to fix this?
  4. INTRODUCTION I'm having a lot of fun with my recent Alemannia save, but there's something that I've always wanted to do. I wanted to do a US save, but with a more American feel to it. I've thought it through and I got so amped up, that I'm giving it a go: we're going to the MLS. I'm a huge fan of American sports and I dare to say that I understand all the rules on acquiring players, wage budgets, drafts and so on fairly well, but to actually manage these rules has been something else. Up until now. This will be a trial and error save written to not only learn, but also document all the moves as thorough as possible for anyone who wants to manage in the MLS, but has never really dared to delve into all the rules. Who else to do that than... Enter Timothy Ferguson, my Boston-born Irish-American alter ego. I'd say we almost look alike. THE SETUP Having played OOTP (Baseball's alternative to Football Manager), I've quite enjoyed fulfilling the GM role. You don't manage the games specifically, but you're responsable for acquiring the team on the field. You can have a specific philosophy, ideas and goals, but once the players get on the field, it's up to the manager to decide what happens next. I want to emulate that in this save. I've thought this through, so here are my rules and goals in General Manager 2018: - My assistant manager, Tom Soehn, will effectively be the manager of my team. - Before preseason, Tom will decide which formation fits the current squad the best. This will be the formation through the postseason and the first month of the regular season. The only thing I'm allowed to adjust are the team and personal instructions - I will not manage the games themselves. In fact, I will holiday all games. I will be in the VIP box, drinking piña coladas while wearing flashy sunglasses only American frat boys wear - Every month, I will have a meeting with my manager. In practice, this means I will consult whether Tom thinks a new formation will be necessary. The only thing I can change are, once again, the team and personal instructions. That's it. Only once a month. - With this setup, I'll need to focus as much as possible in acquiring a competitive team. With all MLS restrictions, that means not only thinking about the current team, but also the years ahead. For education's sake, I will try to be as concise as possible in how and why I'm building my team the way I do. Because that's the only thing I get to do. I'm the GM. - The eventual goal is winning the MLS, the CONCACAF Champions League and eventually the Club World Cup - In real life, New England Revolution is playing its games at the immense Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, 30 miles southwest of Boston. As it's effectively an NFL stadium and I actually want to manage a team FROM Boston, I'm hoping to build a soccer-specific stadium in Boston. I don't know if this is possible in FM (will a potentially new stadium be built in Boston or Foxborough?), but as this is one of the biggest goals of the current management, I thought it'd be cool to add this as one of my own challenges as well Me fanboying at Gillette Stadium, not only the home of the New England Patriots NFL team, but also the New England Revolution (albeit with a limited max. capacity of 20.000 ---- So that'll be that for now. In the next update I will analyze my team and my short-term and long-term goals as GM. I'll also explain a little thing about MLS squad rules and team building. Leaves me with this:
  5. I've been editing inside the MLS setup to change the format. In vanilla the MLS has 2 conferences. In the editor this means a group (conferences) phase besides the league (MLS) phase. What I want is to split up each conference in 2 divisions, thus having 4 divisions total. Example: Western conference (14 teams): -Pacific Division (7 teams) -Plains Division (7 teams) Eastern conference (14 teams): -Continental Division (7 teams) -Atlantic Division (7 teams) The winner of each division is placed for the Conference semi-finals (2 eastern, 2 western). The numbers 2 & 3 of each division are placed for the wild-card round (8 total, 4 between each conference). Does anyone know if it is technically possible to accomplish this setup in the advanced editor? I've been trying around, but can't quite get my head around it. I don't know how to tell the editor that there are basically 3 tables to look at: 1. The overall MLS standing, 2. Conference standing, 3. Division standing Option 1 and 2 is possible, as this is default ingame. But I want to add option 3 under 2.
  6. I've played a couple seasons in the MLS and I've noticed my scouts never get any information on players selected for drafts. I'll get a news update about the players who will be in the draft and there's a button that says "scout players". I select it and when I get to the draft, there's hardly any information or no information at all on the players. I've tried to assign scouts to the MLS Combine in order to gain more information but I can't select the combine under the list of competitions. Why doesn't it show up? The players come from the PDL division, but since the PDL isn't a playable league, I can't scout that competition either.
  7. Editing MLS Rules

    (FWIW I'm playing FM17 & trying to make a CAT in-game) I want to edit MLS rules so I can simplify finances (eliminate salary cap and Designated Players) and increase the number of foreign players on a roster. Main question: How to Increase Salary Cap & Foreign Players Limit I know the workflow when you get to Advanced Rules is "USA->Match Rules->Rules 0->Squad Selection Rules->Foreign players in match/Annual Salary" but I don't know what the values and criteria should be. Bonus Question: How do I get rid of DPs? Thanks in advance!
  8. I first posted this in the editors forum but now I think it's more a bug than anything else. When I'm playing as the main club (in this example the New York Red Bulls) and I want to move a player from my feeder club (New York Red Bulls II) to my main club, I have to pay a transfer fee. There shouldn't be a transfer fee. In previous versions all I've had to do was submit a transfer bid of $0 and it would be accepted. I checked in the editor and the option "Players Move Freely" is selected, but the game isn't doing it.
  9. I've noticed the affiliation with MLS teams and their USL club don't work properly. I'm trying to fix it in the editor but can't figure it out. For example, I'm playing as the New York Red Bulls. I have a second team in the USL called New York II. There's a player on New York II I want to promote to my squad. In previous versions, I make a transfer offer for $0 and it's accepted. Now I'm having to go through a normal transfer and being asked to pay a transfer fee by New York II. I looked at the affiliation in the editor and it has "Players Move Freely" and "Same Board" checked. Oddly enough, I can't check "First Option to Buy". Anyone know how to setup an affiliations where a transfer of $0 is automatically accepted between clubs? I thought it was just "Players Move Freely" but apparently not. Hamami Update.fmf
  10. I admit this is a little nitpicky, but I don't understand why it's happening. I've created two lower divisions in the United States. There's one thing I edited in MLS that's not working. The way the game is coded, there's no team selected as the champion of MLS. The team that wins the playoffs is named the champion of MLS Cup. In last year's game, I deleted MLS Cup and had the winner of the playoffs be named the winner of MLS. It was really easy. This year there's one minor thing wrong. On the screenshot I included, at the top of the screen under the name of the league, where it says "Defending Champions", it's listing the wrong team. It's listing the team that's won the Supporters' Shield. I'm not sure how to change it. The game is naming the winner of the playoffs as the champion of MLS, yet under Defending Champions it's not changing. Also new to this year, on the league dashboard, on the right side where it says "Past Winners", it's listing 4 teams: the playoff champion, Supporters' Shield winners, East Conf winner, and West Conf winner. Anyone know why this is happening? Hamami Update.fmf
  11. Greetings Everyone, Apologies if I'm breaking rules by making a new thread here, I read the 'FM 18 Links Thread' and saw no threads for MLS or Toronto FC Long-Time Player of FM but new to FM 18. Being from Toronto and TFC being in the midst of a playoff run, I started a game with them in July 2017 (and no transfers in first window) along with the Canadian National Team. Now it’s January 2018, I managed to win the Supporter’s Shield and MLS Cup. I’m looking into bringing in some players. Lost Cheyrou (CM/DM), Moor (CD) and Beitashour (RWB). Brought in Juninho (CD) from Tigres and Stephen Eustaquio (CM, Canadian) so far. My Transfer Budget is $10M US/8.3M Euros/7.4M Pounds. All DP slots are used by Bradley, Altidore (who I received a $10M offer from Everton for. Should I reject?), and Giovinco. Priorities are: 1) Central Defender, Ball Playing Defender 2) Right Wing Back 3) Advanced Forward Since I’m also the Canadian National Team Manager, Ideally I’d like an uncapped player from a big nation (E.G, Argentina, Brazil) who will be able to play for me for 3 years then get their Canadian Citizenship. Any help would be appreciated, Tips for playing in the MLS would also be nice! Thanks
  12. 30th December 2016 Gene collapsed into an armchair in the living room of the small flat he had just bought his mother, in Smallingerland, and switched on the tele. He sighed... the last few weeks had been a whirlwind. Gene had been a sensation of Dutch football, snapped up at a young age by German giants Bayern Munich where he'd burst onto the scene as a 17 year old, and some even dared to whisper his name in the same breath as the legendary Johan Cruijff. This was to be the man to revolutionise the Dutch national team, which had seen an incredible decline in recent years. He made 15 appearances for his country, scoring two goals from midfield, but a horror injury had ultimately ended his career aged only 20 years old. The football world was fickle, he'd already been forgotten, and now he was back where it had all started. He looked down at the picture next to him, the only photograph his mother had of who she said was his father. He chuckled, and then sighed again. Growing up, she had told him that this man was 'Scott McBride', captain of the Scotland team that lifted the World Cup trophy in 2058. As a child, he had been fascinated by stories of this mystery man from the future. As an adult? He realised to his horror that his mother actually thought it was true. Regardless, the story had inspired Gene. It had driven him to a career in football himself, and he had always held a special place for the Scotland team in his heart - even though the first game of football he could remember was Holland's 6-0 drubbing of the Tartan Army in a European Championship playoff when he was only 6 years old. Therefore, the news that Gordon Strachan had left his position as manager of the current Scottish national side was an interesting prospect for the young Dutchman. The press were saying the job had to go to a Scot, that it should be someone with experience, but what the hell. Gene registered his interest. The job was never going to be his anyway, and he'd already had several positive meetings with Greg Kerfoot and Rachel Lewis at the Vancouver Whitecaps about taking their vacant position, he had nothing to lose.
  13. [FM 18] The American Dream.

    LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB. BACKGROUND Los Angeles Football Club is an American professional football team based in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The team plans to begin play in Major League Soccer (MLS) starting in 2018. The team was announced in October 2014. The ownership group is headed by venture capitalist Henry Nguyen, entrepreneur Peter Guber, and former National Basketball Association executive Tom Penn. The ownership group also includes businessmen Ruben Gnanalingamand Vincent Tan. In addition, the club has a further 21 named investors including Magic Johnson, Nomar and Mia Hamm-Garciaparra, Chad Hurley, Tony Robbins and Will Ferrell. John Thorrington was hired as executive vice president of football operations. The ownership sought input from fans to decide the permanent name and logo. On November 7, 2014, Nguyen expressed a preference for the name Los Angeles Football Club being permanent, describing it as "timeless" and saying, "in the world, football means one thing. Maybe it speaks a little bit to our own vision and our own aspirations." On September 15, 2015, the club announced the placeholder name, Los Angeles Football Club, would be the official team name. STADIUM On May 17, 2015, the Los Angeles Times reported the team chose the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena site at Exposition Park to build a new stadium. The Banc of California Stadium will have 22,000 seats and 140,000 square feet of open space, costing US$350 million. The group estimated the project would create 1,200 temporary construction jobs and 1,800 full-time jobs, generating $2.5 million in annual tax revenue. The environmental impact report, arena demolition and stadium construction are expected to take three years and delay the team's debut to 2018. The seating capacity of the stadium will be 22,000. The stadium's seating will be at 34 degrees, which makes it among the steepest in MLS. The closest seats will be 12 feet from the field and every seat will be within 135 feet of the field. It will include 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) of walkways and plazas open to the public. The stadium will also feature press box suites with a swimming pool. The roof will be covered with 190,000 square feet (18,000 m2) of ETFE film. The field will be 86,000 square feet (8,000 m2) of improved bermuda grass. Five percent of the stadium's parking spaces will have electric vehicle charging stations and 20% electric vehicle ready infrastructure. The stadium will have 440 planned parking spaces for bicycles and a bike path to the stadium as part of the My Figueroa Project. The stadium will be a LEED Silver certified building. CAREER GOALS YEARS 1-3 Hire Staff/Finalise Squad Establish The Team In MLS Start To Establish A Youth Seup YEARS 4-6 Challenge For MLS Win MLS Cup Have 20% Of Starters Come From Youth Setup Post End Of Season Profits YEARS 7+ Win MLS Win Champions League Win World Club Championship Have Starting 11 Produced From Youth Manage USA Qualify For World Cup Win Confederations Cup Win Copa America Win World Cup
  14. Hello, my issue is concerned with player promise and cancelled transfer. Michael Carrick wanted out, so I promised I would sell him. Offered him for free, 3 clubs from MLS made an offer, I accepted all 3 but eventually the transfer was cancelled because "Seattle cannot have more than 3 Designated Players in the squad". After the transfer was cancelled not because of me, Carrick got angry that I blocked the transfer, even though I didn't. I then offered him again, and accepted offer only from the other 2 MLS clubs, but the situation repeated. I really don't think this should be happening. Why do the clubs make the offer if they can¨t sign him? And why is he angry that I didnt keep my promise even though I did? Here are some screenshots to make it clear. Thanks for you answer.
  15. Issue: Manager fails to keep promise to win the league in 2019, as LAFC, immediately upon player's arrival at club. Description: Promised player that LAFC would win the league by 2019 during pre-contract negotiations with agent. Player negotiates contract and agrees to terms. Upon confirmation of the deal, the manager immediately fails the promise to win the league in 2019. It is displayed in the My Promises tab as broken with zero days remaining to complete. Reproduction: Load the save "upsettingshorts-MLS_promise_not_kept.fm" Attempt to sign Cirilo Saucedo (GK) to a contract, agree to his agent's pre-contract Promises. Negotiate the contract. Confirm the deal. FTP filename: upsettingshorts-MLS_promise_not_kept.fm Speculation: The promise might be broken because LAFC does not join MLS until mid-December, and that causes issues with promises related to performance in MLS. Consequently, this bug may also belong in the specific league subforum, or even---since it is likely limited this year just to LAFC--Other Issues.
  16. [U.S.A.] (Official) League Specific Issues

    The implementation of GAM and TAM being used to buy down contracts and signing TAM level players for the MLS saves needs some work. I'm sure MLS saves aren't a major priority to most but I'm curious if the rules are too complicated to put into the game engine.
  17. I hope this is in the correct place, I wasn't sure where to put it. Is there a way on FM18 to search for players that have declared for the MLS Superdraft. On last years game you could filter so you could see the players, but I can seem to find any way of doing that this year. I really don't want to have to click on them 1 by 1 to scout them.
  18. Greetings SI! I was thinking about things involving FM and the USA/MLS. One of the things that's happened a lot in the real world is the amount of clubs seeking legislature for tax money in their communities to be used to upgrade/build new stadiums (take the Columbus Crew SC situation as the most recent example) and I would be interested to see if things like that and elements of the US Soccer culture could be implemented into at least the MLS side of things where if you need money instead of it just coming out of the board that you ask the board to submit paperwork for tax money to be used. Thanks! Can't wait for FM 18. <3
  19. Please give some attention to the function of managing in America, and how the youth system works there. With the financial restrictions that are present when managing in the MLS, the only way to really sustain long-term success and growth is through a good youth program. But in FM17 there isn't a whole lot that you can do with that. There are no U18 or U20 leagues and no real way to develop youth players other than playing them in the first team or loaning them out to a 2nd or 3rd tier American team that FM won't even simulate games for. There is also the issue of the U.S. Development Academy, which is seemingly the only way to find American players under 17, but you cannot sign players from the academy, it is just locked.
  20. USA Expansion File Have you ever played an MLS save and wished that you could see highlights of players that you loan to your USL affiliate? Have you ever wanted to observe your Academy prospects? Have you ever drafted a player from a PDL club like the Mississippi Brilla and wish that it was from an actual NCAA collegiate program like in real life? Have you ever wanted to take control of your local amateur side, like the Knoxville Force, and try to beat your archrivals and win the league? That’s what this file is for. As much as possible with the limitations of the editor, we have tried to recreate a real life FM experience for the unique structure of the sport in the United States. All-in-all, there are over 600 playable teams in 8 levels of competition. Major League Soccer - This file adds Los Angeles FC and David Beckham’s Miami franchise (Inter Miami) to the 2017 expansion. Also added are MLS Rivalry competitions for NYRB-NYFC, LA Galaxy v. LAFC, and Orlando City v. Inter Miami. MLS teams will also prepare for the season in one of seven preseason exhibition tournaments (ATX Pro Challenge, Carolina Challenge Cup, Desert Diamond Cup, IMG Suncoast Pro Classic, Las Vegas Pro Soccer Challenge Cup, Simple Invitational, Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic). North American Soccer League - Adds the announced future expansion teams in Orange County, CA (California Athletic FC) and San Diego (San Diego Waves). The league format is at it is in real life, with a Spring and Fall season. The two winners advance to the Championship semifinals, joining the top two qualifiers from the overall table (three if the same team wins both spring and fall). United Soccer League - Includes expansion side Nashville SC and Austin Aztex off hiatus. The league is split into two conferences (as in real life), with each conference having an eight-team playoff whose winners compete in the USL Cup. All 24 MLS clubs have affiliates in USL, so this is a chance to keep a better eye on developing players. NCAA Division I - 206 NCAA teams have been added. The format is as close as possible to real life. There is a spring season where teams can get a look at their players heading into the fall. The regular season consists of 9-10 non-conference matches to go with their conference schedule. As in real life, 21 of the 24 conferences will have a tournament that is set up to reflect the real life format. Each conference will send its champion, along with 24 at-large qualifiers, to the NCAA Division I Championship tournament to compete the national title. The MLS SuperDraft will draw players from the NCAA, as in real life, so MLS clubs can scout for future talent. Premier Development League - The PDL is set up as in real life, with 10 divisions that feed a 22-team championship tournament. The teams play a 14-match schedule during the summer. National Premier Soccer League - Also set up as in real life with 4 Regions divided into “conferences”. The four region winners advance to compete for the NPSL Championship. The teams play a 12-match summer schedule. United States Soccer Development Academy - The USSDA is divided into 7 Divisions. In all, 32 teams qualify for the USSDA Championship tournament. This is as close to how it functions in real life as possible, with the only difference being the schedule. It is impossible to run the league on a Fall-Spring calendar, so it runs a 30-match schedule on a Spring-Fall calendar. All MLS clubs have academies in the league, so if you manage in MLS you can see potential prospects from you academy. USASA Amateur Leagues - Six of the more prominent amateur leagues in the US have been included. The American Soccer League, American Premier Soccer League, Southern Premier Soccer League, Premier League of America, and the United Premier Soccer League are all represented as close to their real life format as possible, competing to earn a spot in the US Open Cup. Additional Add-Ons I have also included downloads for Club and Competition Logos, as well as Club kits. This will give every team logos and kits, and logos for every competition as well. (Included in my file are MLS kits that were originally created by kifla6 and downloaded from here: https://sortitoutsi.net/downloads/view/32059/usa-mls-ss2017-new-070517-not-sskcc-yet. Those kits ARE included in the download below, with permission from the author) Download (for version 1.3) - http://www.mediafire.com/file/atrsao41ao54jdh/USA_Expansion_Graphics.rar Update - Latest version 1.2 CHANGE LIST -Bug causing teams in the NCAA and the USSDA to send their players on holiday before the Championship Tournament has been fixed. The USSDA Championship stages will not only be visible in the USSDA Divisions, but the history will be viewable in the USSDA Championship Competition. -The USSDA Championship is now set up even closer to real life. The Group Stage will take place entirely at the large Grand Park facility in Westfield, Indiana. The Quarterfinal will be played at the club sites, with the Semifinal, Third Place Playoff, and Final played at the StubHub Center practice fields. -The recently-announced USL Expansion team Fresno FC has been added. Fresno FC and the 2 NASL expansion teams will now enter the US Open Cup in 2018. -There have been some changes to update some club and competitions graphics. The graphics are now in one file. Update - Latest version 1.3 CHANGE LIST -Fixed an issue where the NCAA teams weren't able to register players for their competitions. Now there is no registration required and they have a maximum team size of 30 -Adjusted the MLS league and playoff schedule to reflect real life -Adjusted the US Open Cup so that the regional draw is more accurate (not perfect, but MUCH better and closer to real life). I was also annoyed that the draw was occurring the day that the round was played when it should have been the day after, so I fixed that. -Added the new Las Vegas team to USL. They haven't announced their name/logo but there is a movement to revive the old Quicksilvers so that's what I went with, inspired by a concept designed by Raysox at SportsLogos.net -Added several rivalries to try and spice up the lower leagues a bit Disclaimers I cannot guarantee that this file will function properly with any other third party DB editor file. I use it with some and it works fine, but I have not tested it with every other file available. If you use a file that includes created competitions and/or clubs, then it will affect the graphics download and they will not work properly. Furthermore, if you use a file that fixes the names of competitions, then you will probably need to manually adjust it so that it doesn’t alter the names of the competitions in this file. I have a file that I fixed, but I cannot post it here because even without looking I’m sure it’s against the rules. I will post the file at other sites where I upload this database. Warning It should also be noted that if you select an NCAA team, the game will crash if you click on the competitions tab. This is likely because the NCAA D1 Soccer competition has 206 teams in it. Unfortunately this is a limitation of the game itself and cannot be helped without damaging the overall experience of the game. USA Expansion 1.3_90EDD1D6-0000-4DFB-9314-9B31364516F7.fmf
  21. I'm currently running my first MLS play through, but I don't seem to understand how to buy players from within the league. When I attempt to trade a player for General Allocation Funds the game puts a hard cap of $500k, despite having over $40m in the bank. - pictured here. I've also gone through and edited players away from my team to free up cap space, although this did not appear to impact anything. Am I misunderstanding how the allocation funds are to be used or is there something I am missing?
  22. I'm playing a season in the MLS. I've found that sometimes my General Allocation Money decreases over time into the negative, more money being deducted week after week. I now find that my General Allocation Money is increasing week after week. I'm now up to $12M in General Allocation Money. I don't know why it's increasing. I made one trade for GAM early in the season but for a very small amount. I'm pretty sure this is a bug since my funds shouldn't be increasing or decreasing without a specific trade.
  23. I love this game. I would be beyond happy though if I could play with the US national team. Why no concacaf? I've played against the team's while managing England so why can't I be them?
  24. Hi I'm trying to start a new MLS game for 2017, so starting in March 2017. There are only options for 2016 starts. Is there a workaround for this?
  25. I have a little question about the designated players contracts in the mls. A team can have up to 3 DP (designated player) spots. I hade 3 players on that contract sold one and suddenly lost the spot along with the player:S Do anyone know how to get a new DP spot? Can you buy a slot? trade a spot with a different MLS team? Thanks for answering:)