I play FM 2007 because I'm too cheap to buy the new one. Shut up. I decided to start a new game and realized that for an American I know remarkably little about Major League Soccer. Probably because my "local" club is 500 miles away in a city I have very little in common with so I just never had any interest in it. Anyway I decided to take over Los Angeles because it's the city I like the most out of the MLS cities that are in the game (Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver are all still in the lower divisions in this game and you can't play them). The fans don't like me, the first thing I saw was that they "wasted no time" in telling the board that they were "disgusted" with my appointment. Whatever, fuck 'em, they don't matter. My first order of business was to make some money for the boys so I scheduled a bunch of friendlies in North Carolina. Charlotte, Wilmington and Greensboro. Then against BYU because I thought it was funny that BYU is in the game. I won all of them because of course I did, I have Landon Donovan and they play in the USL. I signed some players: This is where my lack of knowledge may hurt me, I traded a ton of something called supplemental picks for Adde because New York owned his rights even though he was a free agent. Medo was $300k from a team called KuPS. MLS is a Spring-Fall league so it doesn't start until March but the CONCACAF Champions Cup (which at this point was a complete joke) starts before that. I was drawn against a team from Belize called Kulture Yabra (!!!) and beat the 5-0 at home before drawing 0-0 at the cricket ground they play at. That was good. Next I played Colorado in the league and beat them 1-0. Up next was another CCC game this time against Mexican giants Club America. I drew 0-0 in Los Angeles which is what I was hoping for if I couldn't win. I had a couple of opportunities but Cornell Glen isn't the best finisher in the world, goalkeeper Kevin Hartman pulled my ass out of the fire a few times. Sandwiched between the two legs of that tie was a trip to Pizza Hut Park to play FC Dallas who I disposed of with great ease because they're completely horrible, but Landon Donovan got hurt in the process and is out for a month which made some pee come out when I read it. So I faced the daunting task of having to go to the Azteca and get a win or a scoring draw without my best player. I started my two signings this time and immediately thought it was a terrible decision because they were all over me but Blanco (who happens to be fat) couldn't score. Suddenly Medo picks up the ball in the center circle and spots Michael Enfield running unmarked out on the wing, he fed the ball out to him and Enfield ran with it into space. In the box Ibrahim managed to shed his marker long enough for Enfield to find him just above the penalty spot and fired the ball just inside the far post. America didn't take this lying down and came heavy with the pressure but the defense held until halftime. Enfield was in terrible shape after he was on the wrong end of a two-footed challenge (just a booking!) so he had to be subbed off for Gonzalez who happens to be not very good. Just after halftime fat Blanco finally scored and I was gutted, they kept applying pressure and getting shot after shot. After about 20 minutes of constant bombardment my right back Chris Albright unceremoniously hoofed the ball clear and their defender missed his clearance allowing Herculez Gomez (who came on for the tired Ibrahim) to latch onto it. He sent the ball into the box where Medo headed it wildly only for the defender to scuff it into his own goal. I slid across the floor. I was able to hold on to that and advance. Anyway, this is where I am now. I might update this. I should tag this as #longform like all those people on Twitter do.