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  1. 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:
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