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  1. https://www.foxsports.com/stories/soccer/spain-coach-luis-de-la-fuente-reportedly-interested-usmnt-job Is this seeking a raise from Spain or legit interest? If so I think this might be better than Klopp.
  2. MLS Roster building is interesting to me, partially because I'm addicted to playing Football Manager aka FM. The MLS is such a challenge due to all the crazy rules and idiosyncrasies. MLS Roster, salary, draft rules from https://www.footballmanager.com/the-byline/guide-mls-football-manager-2024 "There are two main parts to your roster – ‘On Budget’ applies to any contracts that count towards your salary cap and ‘Off Budget’ are contracts that that don’t. On-budget contract options include: Senior contracts are the standard professional contracts available in North America Designated Player (DP) contracts can only be awarded to the highest-paid players in your squad High-potential younger players can be signed to either Young Designated Player (YDP) or U22 Initiative Contracts – these contracts don’t impact the salary cap as much as a normal Designated Player contract While off-budget options include: Generation Adidas (GA) are contracts offered by the league themselves to the best prospects that come through the MLS SuperDraft from college, but these are entry-level contracts and cannot be renewed MLS Reserve (RES) contracts are for players new to the league, and these can only be given to those under the age of 25 To simplify things a little bit in Football Manager, we have added another type of contract – Senior Minimum Salary (SMS). SMS are the only contract type that can be on either On/Off budget and this is determined based on the available slots The final type of cap-free players are Homegrown players, who have progressed from your academy. Home-grown players who are on either Full-Time, Senior Minimum Salary, or Reserve contracts and will always be off-budget during their initial contract You need to submit your initial roster in February just before the first game of the season. You cannot have more than 30 players and, of those, no more than 20 can be ‘Senior’ players (this includes Designated Players). The 20 ‘Senior’ players will contribute towards your Salary Cap, with the other 10 players (maximum of six Reserves plus Generation Adidas and some on Senior Minimum Salary) considered ‘off-budget’. You can amend your roster throughout the season. The advantage of this is that if you have a player who is expected to be out for at least six regular season games, you can put them on the Disabled List. If you have any players who are going to be out of action for the rest of the season, they can be added to the Season Injury List. At the end of September, you will have to submit a final Roster list and at this point, the roster will be frozen and no further changes can be made. The advantage of doing either of these things is freeing up a slot on the roster to sign a replacement for the injured player. However, this does not free up any cap space, so that’s something you will need to consider before signing any replacements. Each club has eight International slots by default. The slots can be traded though (more on trades later), so you can experiment with your strategy. The rules are slightly different for MLS’ three Canadian clubs– Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps, and CF Montreal. Each club has 11 International slots while they also must have a minimum of three Canadians in their squad. TRADES AND TRANSFERS Trading in MLS is fun. If the players you are trading are of a similar level, then you may be able to trade them without any additional extras. However, it may be the case that one side of the equation needs to offer a little more to secure the trade. In addition to players, you can also trade the following: General Allocation Money (GAM) Draft Allocation Player Rights International Slots Player rights might be a new concept to some but these can be a useful part of the trading process. Essentially, these rights are the contractual abilities for a player to play in the league. In some instances, such as if a player leaves you on a free transfer or they came through your academy, you can hold onto their rights even when they move to another club. Having the ability to add these to a draft proposal could make all the difference to getting what you want, and it can also set up further deals down the line. Another thing worth considering when signing players is using your General Allocation Money (GAM) and Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) wisely. GAM can be used to reduce the impact of senior players on the salary cap. TAM can be used to bring down the impact of a designated player on the cap to the point that they will be demoted to a senior contract, and, in turn, free up a designated player slot. DRAFTS Drafts are a key element of all major North American sports. MLS has five different drafts across the season for you to get to grips with, but don’t worry, you don’t have to participate in all of them. The MLS SuperDraft, which takes place in January, allows you to recruit up to four players from college or university teams. Before the draft, players eligible for the draft will face off in a showcase match allowing you to do some scouting before draft day. The order of picks is determined by the previous season’s league standings. Designed to promote parity across the league, this means that the first pick will always go to the team who finished bottom, followed by the sides that failed to make the playoffs the previous season. After this, the teams that made the playoffs are then included in the order in which they were eliminated, with the winners of the league having the final pick. Existing teams get to pick up players previously discarded by other teams in the two Waiver Drafts. There is one that takes place just before the start of the season in February, which can help fill out your roster with some last-minute additions. There is also another one after the conclusion of a season, allowing you to snap up youngsters out of contract with other teams. If a player isn’t picked up in the Waiver Draft, they can choose to enter the Re-Entry Draft. Re-Entry Draft Stage 1 selections will get an automatic contract extension upon joining your team so be wary of the wages and contract type you are selecting. In the Re-Entry Draft Stage 2, you are only acquiring the MLS rights and will need to negotiate a new contract to sign the selection, otherwise they will not join your club."
  3. Makes me think of that Pythagoras quote, "every triangle is a a cute triangle when you love triangles."* *James Acaster check his Netflix special genius and hilarious
  4. If true he's a less accomplished Larry Scott or Bob Bowlsby at a time when you need Brett Yormarks. But anyone ever hear of a conference planning succession two years out? Much less with a in conference AD? It's almost like this is an unverifiable way to show to the AD is in fact good to his critics. Furthermore, it shows just how out of touch the originator or this content is to reality because who would think that a decision by the A10 is worthy of respect? If you did indeed respect the A10 Conference leadership, appeal to authority is still one of the weakest forms of argument. Ohhhhh off season, let's get back to over analyzing the top 144 list that some blogger made using AI in 8 minutes.
  5. See Colombia new coach so far undefeated. It's about motivating, pushing players, the system that fits your talent, match planning and picking players. Look at the Colombia squad that beat Copa favorite Uruguay last night, down a man. What stood out to me is his lineup. He didn't start who I would think would be chosen but who he started worked for his style/plan. Interesting to me, was that multiple EPL players or players from big Clubs were in his sub list and some starters weren't from big Clubs. Most would think the EPL level players' quality to be more than a guy playing in Brazil or Russia. But he didn't pick based on that reputation, he picked based on his ability to get this team to execute a plan. It's not just a one off game either the team is undefeated since his hire. That to me is what a National coach does. He also has impact on player recruitment, player development/placement and training academies in the country.
  6. Maybe a short term loss for a long term gain.
  7. Awww too bad I'm not on social media but (a certain poster who loves middle school girl's soccer) unhinged was mildly entertaining
  8. If you see a Pistol game worn student manager Polo grab it for me.
  9. He's got a name that'll open the NIL checkbook of our BMDs.
  10. Treble B offer now. Dad's in good shape too.
  11. Our national coach was fired from the second level Swedish League for not attacking enough. He's never won a club title. The team hasn't beaten a FIFA top 25 team not named Mexico. The only host Nation to not make it out of the group stage in Copa America. Embarrassing in an easy group. No one here is saying the US will become Brazil. Just saying it's not crazy that the US should be in the Quarterfinals of the Copa America. Also the USMNT has made it to the round of 16 in 4 of the last 5 World Cups we've attended. So the US is mostly where realistic fans expect. Except for missing a WC and this tournament the US is a good team. It could be better though. Croatia has the population of LA 3.8mil. If LA put together an all star team in any sport vs the rest of the US' all star team (333.3mil population) it could be competitive but the US should have greater talent.
  12. OT: Hungarian Striker Martin Adam making svelte' MBM's feel better about their bodies
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