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Continuing to Confound Reality: Replaying Orlando City’s 2017 MLS Season with Football Manager 18 (Part 7)

Welcome to Part Seven of this ongoing simulation experiment using Football Manager 2018 to replay the Orlando City 2017 Major League Soccer season. If you’d like to get caught up on past [...]

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US Open Cup Wins Highlight Another Hot Month for Virtual Lions: Replaying Orlando City’s 2017 MLS Season with FM18 (Part 6)

This is part six of an ongoing simulation experiment using Football Manager 18 to replay the 2017 MLS season to understand what went wrong for Orlando City. If you are interested, links to the [...]

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Article Review: Andrew Ross’ Neoliberal Critique of David Beckham and Major League Soccer

Ross, Andrew. “The Ballad of Becks and Posh.” American Quarterly 59, no. 4 (2007): 1215-223. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40068486. Marking the arrival English superstar David Beckham [...]

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Orlando City’s Five Game Unbeaten Streak Dies in the North: Replaying Orlando City’s 2017 MLS Season with FM18 (Part 5)

This is part five of an ongoing series replaying Orlando City’s 2017 MLS season in Football Manager 18. Here are links to Parts One, Two, Three, and Four if you want to get caught up. [...]

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Flawless MLS Cup 2017 Conference Finals Predictions

Here we are with just three games between one of the final four clubs still competing in the MLS Cup Playoffs and history. While Toronto and Seattle may feel a little predetermined to make it to [...]

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April is “Florida Hot” for the Lions: Replaying Orlando City’s 2017 MLS Season with FM18

After a shaky but successful pre-season and a hard-fought draw on opening night, virtual Orlando City tore into April. Well, mostly at least. As the month comes to an end the digital Lions find [...]

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Orlando City’s Alternate Reality: Replaying the 2017 MLS Season in Football Manager 2018

With a minor break in my schedule, I fired up the beta version of the brand new Football Manager 2018 and undertake a little experiment. While turning the “what-if” dial up to eleven, [...]

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Flawless MLS Cup 2017 Conference Semifinal Predictions

So I went three and one with my MLS Cup Knockout Round predictions, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that got the Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bull game horribly wrong. Now that the [...]

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Soccer in the South: Atlanta’s Complicated Path to Becoming a Major League Soccer City

Earlier this year I was approached by a blog to write a history of soccer in the Atlanta. This blog wanted to run an article on the topic since the new Major League Soccer club Atlanta United FC [...]

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2017 MLS Cup Playoff Predictions: Knockout Round Edition

The 2017 MLS Cup playoffs start tonight, so just under the wire, here are some predictions. Without Orlando City in the playoffs yet again, I don’t have a horse in this race. That said I [...]

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