Playing in Major League Soccer on Football Manager 17 is a challenge due to their salary cap and roster rules but it is easy to build that dynasty if your play your cards right.
- The players that declare for the super draft are usually players that will need to go out on loan, regardless when they got drafted.
Lets get this straight. Most of the players that are taken in the super draft are crappy players, especially you can get a better talent for a player of a similar age from a foreign nation on loan.
2. MLS clubs that own USL clubs (LA Galaxy, RBNY, Orlando City, etc) are at an dramatic advantage over the clubs that don’t go that route.
USL is a great place to loan out your academy graduates and draft picks. Make sure to use that custom database that unlocks the NASL and USL. To ensure they get playing time, use a second head coach profile for that USL team.
3. Look for bargains through transfer listed players and the waiver wire.
Atlanta United made the mistake of putting this player on the waivers at the start of the 2017 season and I promptly made a claim. I was awarded this player and before the season was over he was already a key member of the first team.
Chivas transfer listed this guy but in real life is usually a first choice player or one of the first players off the bench for the RojiBlancos. Cost me just 1.5M, key player for most MLS clubs to the point a DP slot is necessary, but importantly he is just getting into his prime.
Use the waiver drafts to steal young talent, like this guy with high potential that I drafted in the 2016 draft from Houston. Already a regular in the first team, usually as an starter or one of the first players off the bench.
4. The academy intake day is very important.
Always save on December 25 (the 26th if the date turns out to be the 27th). You have no control on what players come in, so you need to be able to reload your game if the intake is god awful. Homegrown players are very important as it not only saves you money, but the MLS roster rules are much more lenient to those types of players. Leave them in your academy unless they are about to age out (do not sign them until the window opens in December unless your team has been decimated with injuries).
5. In real life the attendance at USL games have soared and for good reason:
Almost every MLS club has realized that the competition there is tough and have used it as a bridge between the academy to the first teams. Other players go there with the hope of showcasing their talent to a bigger club. If you unlock that editor file make sure to have a second head coach profile and control their playing time.