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Subject: MLS (Soccer) Fantasy League 2018 rss

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Howdy folks... it's time for Season 3 of the Unofficial RPGG MLS Fantasy Soccer League.

The invite URLs are:

Classic (Total Points):
https://fantasy.mlssoccer.com/#classic/leagues/561/join/UNLF...

Head to Head:
https://fantasy.mlssoccer.com/#classic/leagues/562/join/AWJ9...


Join one, join both whatever works for you.

I'll put up 500 GG (250 in each league) for Prizes.

We'll also talk soccer (MLS, USMNT, and more).

MLS starts March 3.

I'll take the 500GG and any contributions I receive and distribute them as follows:

Split the pot between the two leagues (so at least 250GG)

Far West Classic

Spring season:
First place: 28.57% (of the total pot)
Second place: 14.29%
Third place: 7.14%

Fall Season:
First place: 28.57%
Second place: 14.29%
Third place: 7.14%

Far West Head to Head

Spring Season:
First place: 28.57%
Second place: 14.29%
Third place: 3.57%
Third place: 3.57%

Spring Season:
First place: 28.57%
Second place: 14.29%
Third place: 3.57%
Third place: 3.57%


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As you may have noticed, MLS has a few changes from last year.

First, there are two seasons in each league: Spring and Fall each at 17 weeks.

Second, this change to roster/lineups:

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New Feature: Rolling Transfers/Substitutions
Experienced fantasy managers can relate to this feeling: you set your roster and spend big on a star player like Sebastian Giovinco, only to find out 45 minutes before kick-off that he’s no longer in the 18. All of the sudden, you’re stuck with a zero.

Frustrating, right?

In the 2018 version of the game, you’ll have a chance to make rolling transfers up until that player’s game kicks off. No more hard-and-firm transfer deadline! So if you find out Giovinco’s not ready for that Sunday night kickoff, you can hop into the game and swap him for Jozy Altidore.

In addition to rolling transfers, players can also be substituted from your existing roster up until each player’s respective kickoff. Taken together, these changes add an unprecedented level of control to fantasy managers.
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I almost didn't do a league this year. The USMNT failing to qualify took most of the wind out of my sails, but MLS 3.0 looks interesting. Lots of new, young players into the league, and it appears that there's more of a commitment to play the kids. And, hey, I have to get ready for World Cup 2022.
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Well, I hate to apologize to Hercules Gomez, but I do.

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Yeah, I don't trust Gomez, but if there was a deal like this...a pox on ALL their houses! The entire athlete's council, that is. WTF does Bocanegra know about anything? His mega-rich owner was smart enough to hire the best coach available from South America, and talent followed.

Also, I saw a tweet from Bocanegra criticizing the soccer media (Wahl, Davis, and Carlisle) for criticizing (or more properly gently chided) the athletes who skipped the election. I fully agree with the media on that one - if you don't care enough to attend the most important meeting in 12 years, why the hell are you doing this?

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So, on the fantasy topic: if I understand correctly, we can sub and transfer players up to the moment their game starts. So, if I have a high-priced player who ends up not starting, I can trade them out.

Sounds great...except that means to do well you really have to pay attention to all the starting lineups all weekend. That's not really going to work for me....
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Last night, Bocanegra withdrew from the GM position. He will serve as a consultant for the hire.

You got it right Steve. I'm likely in the same boat.

They are saying that the app will finally have fantasy integrated. Maybe they'll have alerts if players are in the starting XI?

Also noticed that MLS Live is dead... ESPN streaming will be doing the MLS games. I think I like this? It will be a bit cheaper, and I'll get access to other soccer (I think).
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Last night, Bocanegra withdrew from the GM position. He will serve as a consultant for the hire.

So...was Gomez leaking info to force Bocanegra's hand? I love politics! (Not really.

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They are saying that the app will finally have fantasy integrated. Maybe they'll have alerts if players are in the starting XI?

Guess I should check out the app! Maybe I'll explore it while I'm watching curling this weekend...

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Also noticed that MLS Live is dead... ESPN streaming will be doing the MLS games. I think I like this? It will be a bit cheaper, and I'll get access to other soccer (I think).

Seems like a reasonable deal, I might even have to check it out! Does ESPN stream any of the European leagues?
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vestige wrote:
So...was Gomez leaking info to force Bocanegra's hand? I love politics! (Not really.


Who knows? Like you said upwards, Bocanegra has a sweet gig right now.

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Also noticed that MLS Live is dead... ESPN streaming will be doing the MLS games. I think I like this? It will be a bit cheaper, and I'll get access to other soccer (I think).

Seems like a reasonable deal, I might even have to check it out! Does ESPN stream any of the European leagues?[/q]

I'm not exactly sure how their streaming works. I know on ESPN3 they have the England Championship which would interest me since a few USMNT players play there. Other than that, it looks like a lot of ESPN Deportes stuff. Most of the Mexican League I can get on cable is low def, so maybe this would be more appealing?
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Is anyone else having trouble logging in? Whenever I try it does a loading icon for a little bit and then it just becomes the welcome screen but with a dark shade overlaid on top of it.
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littlechandler wrote:
Is anyone else having trouble logging in? Whenever I try it does a loading icon for a little bit and then it just becomes the welcome screen but with a dark shade overlaid on top of it.


No issues here.
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Love football (soccer) but have never followed MLS before. Have joined as I thought this would be a great way to do so. So thanks for running it
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Well apparently the reason I couldn't log in to fantasy is previously I hadn't specified a last name when I made my account. At least I'm finally in.
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thomashbeach wrote:
Love football (soccer) but have never followed MLS before. Have joined as I thought this would be a great way to do so. So thanks for running it


Awesome, welcome Tom! The good news for you is that you are only slightly behind MLS fans. Every season is like it's a brand new league..
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If you have 2 or more available substitutes, the highest scoring player will be used.
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Wow... this came up faster than I expected. Games start on Saturday.

It appears that Week 1 of Fantasy will have Chicago, Colorado, and New York Red Bulls on byes. Right now the Fantasy area doesn't have a schedule attached. gulp

For those of you wondering who might be starting on Week 1, I've found this to be a good resource over the years: https://www.socceramerica.com/publications/article/76902/pro...

Kennedy, IMO, is more head > heart than other lists that might be out there. Of course, YMMV.
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'Aight. I've joined as 'goldenspikes'.
This is my first foray into any sports fantasy league...
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jaspermeer wrote:
This is my first foray into any sports fantasy league...


Cool! Yell if you have any questions/issues!
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I don't think I'm going to participate in the league this year because I've got a lot of other things on my plate. Last year when I had less on my plate I didn't pay attention to my team at all. Just going to save the trouble.

Still going to keep up with the league and interact here in the convo as I can though.

Just found out that the USMNT is coming to my neck of the woods in a few weeks to play Paraguay. Might have to get tickets!
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That's cool Emilio!

I'm wondering if I've made a mistake. My team is currently all low cost placeholders, and I'm definitely not up on the incoming/outgoing players.

Seeing the USMNT is definitely on my bucket list.
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Okay... I finally got my real team in. I think.

My wife got hers in last night. She's dismayed that they don't have the watchlist this year. She put her favorite players on the watchlist and just picked from those each week (when she remembered). It is a good looking team though.

I think I'm looking forward to tomorrow!
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I am going to try to make my team tonight - I'm not really looking forward to the hard decisions of having a low budget! But it will be done.

In the meantime, I bought myself, and my five-year old soccer player, LAFC shirts yesterday. I've officially bought into the hype!
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Possibly wildly inaccurate predictions I posted on my friends' league (for example, I predicted dos Santos would be MVP last year):

MVP: Almiron
Golden Boot: J. Martinez
Defender of the Year: Glad
GK of the Year: Steffen
Rookie of the Year: Chris Mueller
Breakout Player: Alphonso Davies
Comeback Player: Zardes
Newcomer of the Year: Borek Dockel
Coach of the Year: Petke

Fantasy Best XV
GK: Steffen, Bono
Def: Opara, Marshall, Spector, Besler, Glad
Mid: Rusnak, Valeri, Alessandrini, Lodeiro, Almiron
Fwd: J. Martinez, G. dos Santos, Giovinco
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Checks lineup... 4 from Toronto including captain...

Checks score... 0-2 Crew away.

Yep, it's fantasy.
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I won't fight you on any of that.

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Comeback Player: Zardes


I think this is a no-brainer. LA was never willing to just put him up top as a center forward. If he's healthy and doesn't get 15+ goals, I'll be stunned.
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I really have no idea what I'm doing. But I may have had some beginner's luck? I'm not sure.

I'm the 'Trekkers' because I love Star Trek.

Anyway, I'm in Houston, so I'm happy that my local team apparently had a good game. I had heard that the games were going to be televised on a local channel, but that wasn't the case yesterday, so I'm not really sure.

I hope to make it to a game this season. I used to play soccer when I was a boy, and a little bit in college on an inter-mural team.
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