Season Two Transactions: A Look at the Top Five

By Renomitsu

#1: Mahathir Viatilingam (Goliathus), 1097 TPE at auction
Casper FC, $900k/week
A pro-ready playmaker who can play from deep or in the offensive third, Viatilingam has at least as many football technical skills as letters in his name and was arguably the most highly coveted player among the Prospect League. He owned one of the top-five ratings in the league as part of the Rotterdam Wolves throughout season one, and there has been little doubt as to his effect on the pitch, and forwards like Mikhail Potaitshuk and Goalz Reus will likely flourish as a result of this signing. Continue reading “Season Two Transactions: A Look at the Top Five”

Mursi’s Award Picks

So we are past the half-way point of the season and actually nearing the end of the season, so it is definitely time to start looking ahead and begin hypothesizing who could be our future award winners. There are many awards to go around in our league which is good, but I will look specifically at three awards: League Champions, Top goalscorer and MVP. To understand why I am looking at these three awards, the reason is that there is a clear glue which holds them all together, and the is Key West. Continue reading “Mursi’s Award Picks”

Jiggly’s Guide to Strategy: The 4-4-1-1

Welcome back to Jiggly’s Guide to Strategy. We had a hiatus last week due to personal reasons, but we’re back now with another weekend of the Chicago Fire looking like a good soccer team for once. Except, last week Jiggly’s All-Stars actually lost in what ended up being a tactical battle. After the Whitecaps realized that the Fire would sit back all game, they put just the slightest bit of pressure on and Chicago fell apart. But that was last week. Let’s look to the future now.

Over the course of the week leading up to this game, there was a single very unexpected thing to happen: Megumin got called up to the US national team. For clerical reasons, she is Japanese, but I gave her American citizenship so that I wouldn’t get screwed over by dumb MLS roster rules. And I guess she’s gained enough recognition to get her first cap alongside another youngster looking to get his first cap: Christian Pulisic. Clint Dempsey was dropped from the squad in order for this to happen and nothing of importance was lost from it. Aside from this strange situation that I will keep you all posted on, Vigne is injured for this game and Komi-san seems to be completely fit to start. Continue reading “Jiggly’s Guide to Strategy: The 4-4-1-1”

Team of the week (Games 3&4)

Week 3:

GK: I. Thunderson (Brixton, 6.8)
DEF: O. Sarrafeiro (Brixton, 8.9), J. Bryzski (Brixton, 8.2), Da Need 4 Speed (CAP FC, 7.7)
MID: E-Z (CAP FC, 9.6), J. Okocha (Brixton, 9.6), Shokinha (Brixton, 9.1), S. Sarvepally (CAP FC, 8.2)
ATT: The White Whale (CAP FC, 9.4), M. Greene (Brixton, 9.2), G. Reus (CAP FC, 8.2)

Player of the week: E-Z

 
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Jiggly’s Guide to Strategy: The “Galaga Formation”

Welcome to another episode of Jiggly’s Guide to Strategy. Last week Jiggly’s All-Stars demolished the LA Galaxy in the first game of the season and we learned about the standard 4-2-3-1 and how many crosses we can put into the box. This week, we’re going to see a very familiar looking formation. But first, some mid-week housekeeping.
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Jiggly’s Guide to Strategy: An Introduction

It’s time to do some tactics!!! But first, I want to introduce you to your “camp counselors”. Basically, I’ve put together a team of players in Football Manager 16 (because it’s the only one that won’t crash on my stupid old computer) that will be used to give examples of different player types and playing styles. I’ll be using these players to provide an easy reference to certain archetypes that can be used when building a team. Instead of using real players which there can be heavy debate as to whether or not they are a certain archetype, I decided to create my own players. Not only did I create my own players, but I just made them all anime girls. But maybe cute girls can help you remember where they play easier. Continue reading “Jiggly’s Guide to Strategy: An Introduction”

Jiggly’s Guide to Player Building

“Who am I?”
“What is my purpose?”
“Where should I be?

These are questions that every philosopher has asked dating back probably even before the Ancient Greeks. But as much as I’d love to whip out my “Existentialist Football” literature, that’s not the context I’m bringing up these questions in. Instead, I’ve seen a lot of people asking questions about how to build their characters. While there’s an explainer on what stats affect what things, there’s still plenty of questions from new people. There a lot of people joining who don’t exactly follow soccer too closely and aren’t even sure of what position they want to play, let alone how to be the best in that position. Continue reading “Jiggly’s Guide to Player Building”

Tournament Summary

Mendonca shines

Mako Mendonca was a huge tale of the tournament for the North Europe Wolves as he won the Golden Boot with his league leading 14 goals throughout his 24 appearances in the tournament. North Europe scored 35 goals throughout the tournament, so he accounted for just over a third of those goals. That just showed exactly what he meant to the squad. He played up front for the Wolves. He led the team to three player of the match awards as well as a 7.22 rating throughout his 24 appearances. In terms of average rating, that was 4th in the entire tournament, first among strikers. Mendonca also led all the strikers with 79% passing percentage which was also 4th in the entire tournament. Just when you thought this guy could not be more impressive, he was a solid player on the ball, making the most out of every opportunity with the ball at his feet. This was a huge trend within the tournament, I am sure this will continue on with the regular season. Mako will be heading to Key West to play his regular season games in sunny Florida. I am sure the fans in Florida will love this guy!

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