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Enoch777 wrote:
I really have no idea what I'm doing.


Welcome Enoch! Yell if you have any questions, but judging by my week I don't think I know what I'm doing.

Houston made Atlanta look terrible. I know Tata is planning on winning games 5-3, but he's going to need to make some changes to even do that. I keep reading that McCann is terrible; they need some sort of d-mid destroyer.
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I noticed that the Head to Head league didn't kick off. I'm looking into it.
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Also, if you are keeping tabs of your players this week, there appear to be some glitches. I have Amro Tarek showing as a DNP for Orlando, but he did play all 90 minutes.
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I noticed that the Head to Head league didn't kick off. I'm looking into it.


There was some kind of message about the group not being full.
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Enoch777 wrote:
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I noticed that the Head to Head league didn't kick off. I'm looking into it.


There was some kind of message about the group not being full.


Yep. The default was 30 teams in a head to head league. Seeing as we're sitting at a cozy seven... that was the issue.

Announcement: I've canceled head to head this year. I would've had to remove a team and go down to six (which I didn't want to do), and six just sounds silly for head to head. I'll move all geek gold awards to the two Total Points (Far West Classic) seasons.

If this poses a problem for anyone, shoot me a Geekmail.

I'll edit the first post as soon as I can.
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Typically the week "ends" at 9:00AM (EST) the day after the final game of the week. My guess is that they are working through some issues this morning.

I'll post updated standings in the thread when they are official.
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Typically the week "ends" at 9:00AM (EST) the day after the final game of the week. My guess is that they are working through some issues this morning.

I'll post updated standings in the thread when they are official.

The points appear to be screwed up. On my team, none of my players in the SEA-LAFC game got points for playing time in their game, or for the clean sheet. Don't know if there are other games with the same issues.

And, the Sounders go down to an expansion team, Toronto goes down to LAFC, and everyone's darlings, Atlanta, gets absolutely hammered by Houston. It's truly a new season!
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vestige wrote:

The points appear to be screwed up. On my team, none of my players in the SEA-LAFC game got points for playing time in their game, or for the clean sheet. Don't know if there are other games with the same issues.


Every time I look, I have less points!

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And, the Sounders go down to an expansion team, Toronto goes down to LAFC, and everyone's darlings, Atlanta, gets absolutely hammered by Houston. It's truly a new season!


It seems like it's said all the time. Weird week.

The only decent move I made was throwing Sapong into my lineup after seeing the bonkers starting XI for NE. I get not playing Nguyen... but Rowe too?!? Oh, and trade Nguyen if he's unusable.

USMNT note... I'm liking the phoenix act that Aron Jóhannsson is performing. I always liked him as an underneath striker.
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Happy Week One (Spring Season)!

Points User Name Team Name
87 vestige Shots in the Dark
75 enoch777 Trekkers
61 littlechandler Ridiculous Nicolas
59 sanmcg Sandy's Sweeties
48 brumcg Kung Fu Cowboys
46 jaspermeer goldenspikes
37 thomashbeach Tekkerslovakia


Congrats to the dreaded Vestige for the flying start.

Week 2 features nine teams playing the weekend.

Good luck!
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48 brumcg Kung Fu Cowboys


Seems like your team name might have cursed you.
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brumcg wrote:
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The points appear to be screwed up. On my team, none of my players in the SEA-LAFC game got points for playing time in their game, or for the clean sheet. Don't know if there are other games with the same issues.


Every time I look, I have less points!

Apparently that's still happening! I've lost a couple of points over the course of this day...

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The only decent move I made was throwing Sapong into my lineup after seeing the bonkers starting XI for NE. I get not playing Nguyen... but Rowe too?!? Oh, and trade Nguyen if he's unusable.

That's what happens when you put a goalie in charge. They never trust field players.

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USMNT note... I'm liking the phoenix act that Aron Jóhannsson is performing. I always liked him as an underneath striker.

I've been rooting for him! Nice to see him finally getting his groove back.
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vestige wrote:
Apparently that's still happening! I've lost a couple of points over the course of this day...

Indeed! It looks like everyone is up or down a few points. I'll catch up next week...


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48 brumcg Kung Fu Cowboys


Seems like your team name might have cursed you.


I'm not worried. They are going to deliver next week.
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So...3 MLS victories (over Mexico!) in the CCL. Weird week, as Bruce would say! I guess we'll see how next week goes. We're coming for you, Liga MX!

Also: I've been listening to State of the Union, Alexi' Lalas' new podcast. I like it! His co-host is just as opinionated as Lalas, but they are also pretty entertaining, and I can't say I disagree about all that much. There isn't too much about MLS, but Lalas did say this week that he feels like it had pretty high quality soccer this weekend. I only say 1.5 games, but I have to agree...it was better than I remembered! The speed of play was fairly impressive.

Also, I like the Planet Futbol podcasts with Grant Wahl and Brian Straus. Less opinion but I tend to pick up more information.
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Morning folks!

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134 vestige
134 brumcg
120 littlechandler
115 enoch777
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84 jaspermeer


I had the best week with 87 points.

In important league news, my wife has grown tired of Tim Howard's beard and is taking applications for a new GK.

Week 3 is another Saturday/Sunday affair with 18 teams in action.
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vestige wrote:
Alexi Lalas

Also, I like the Planet Futbol podcasts with Grant Wahl and Brian Straus. Less opinion but I tend to pick up more information.


I'm not listening to many podcasts right now. And that says more about the state of my exercise routine than the podcasts...

I turned on Lalas after a long honeymoon period. We're on a break.

When I do listen to something, it tends to be Wahl. I need to start walking again... I'd likely add Extra Time Radio (the MLS.com dudes) into the mix.
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Grant Wahl reported yesterday that the US General Manager position is not attracting the people they were hoping would respond. The issue has to do with the lack of control regarding youth development.

Hrm.
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The call-up list for the Paraguay friendly is out - the youth movement continues! I haven't even heard of some of these people.... Given the home bases of nearly all of these folks, it's a shame they couldn't just have the camp in Europe!

Goalkeepers: Alex Bono (Toronto FC; 0/0), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland; 5/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 1/0)

Defenders: Cameron Carter-Vickers (Ipswich Town; 1/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest; 14/1), Matt Miazga (Vitesse; 4/1), Shaq Moore (Levante; 0/0), Erik Palmer-Brown (Kortrijk; 0/0), Antonee Robinson (Bolton Wanderers; 0/0), Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna; 15/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle; 49/0)

Midfielders: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 2/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC; 0/0), Weston McKennie (Schalke; 1/1), Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta United; 24/1), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 2/0), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht; 1/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 3/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; 0/0)

Forwards: Andrija Novakovich (Telstar; 0/0), Rubio Rubin (Club Tijuana; 4/0), Bobby Wood (Hamburg; 36/10)
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vestige wrote:
I haven't even heard of some of these people


I've been following news here:

https://www.starsandstripesfc.com/usmnt-americans-abroad

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Forwards: Andrija Novakovich (Telstar; 0/0)


Invalid tweet.

Weird. Herc Gomez did say that's basically how he got his first call up (only it was by fax ). Seems weird to me, but what do I know?
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I'm going to be selfish and admit my disappointment at Pulisic being left out of the squad. I'm sure Dortmund said "hell, no" but at some point you need the person that you're going to build around. Matt Doyle pointed out that Dortmund plays Bayern four days after the break.

Next time?
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My wife and I had busy Saturdays (I was gaming), and we didn't check the lineups.

gulp

I made some good choices, so my two DNPs (Plata and Villa) will be replaced by two 0 point scorers (Shea, Moye). I really can't complain.

My wife... Her entire bench was DNP. In her starting XI, she had Garza, Techera, and Villa - Captain all sit.

On weeks like this, I really should make sure my bench is stronger.
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Yeah, it was a brutal weekend for many headliners. I was lucky to be able to check - though after the initial set of lineups came out, the system wasn't working, it locked people in when lineups were announced instead of when the game kicked off for 20 minutes or so. That was nearly a disaster for me! Hopefully they at least work out the technical glitches soon....

I think this was particularly bad timing for Pulisic. But he'd better be in the mix in the longer May camp. We've got to start building something at some point!

As for the Novakovich thing, that is a bit weird, but from what I understand he was a last minute call-up because Johannsson got injured after his game on Saturday. So not a lot of time for courtesy...I hope the guy isn't too pissed off though.
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Good Monday!

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223 brumcg
218 littlechandler
177 sanmcg
166 jaspermeer
160 enoch777
153 thomashbeach


Littlechandler had the best week with 98 points.

MLS is half-honoring the International Break with a slate of six games on Saturday (3/24). Be sure to keep an eye on the players who will be with their international teams. Fantasy has done a so-so job in the past of marking them with the dreaded red dot. You can also check here: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/03/18/2018-international...

Based on his latest Tweet, Novakovich is thrilled to be called up...whatever the method.
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Really enjoying this, but the differences between it and FPL are taking a bit of getting used to!
The whole unlimited transfers thing for one and then a rolling deadline which is little help when most of the matches start in the small hours here in the UK!
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The whole unlimited transfers thing for one and then a rolling deadline which is little help when most of the matches start in the small hours here in the UK!


That's a good point!

Vestige (I think I can speak for him) and I liked it better when you had limited players, and your lineup locked at the kickoff of the first game of the week. There was more long-term planning on the roster build, but then it was hands-off when the first game started.
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Zlatan. Discuss.
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