FIFA14 – D.C. United Year 2
Arnaud got hurt and retired mid-season. That was good as far as I was concerned, because I was giving Jeffrey playing time anyway. At the time, I was still trying to get my $7 million for Martial. Sadly, I had to sell Luis Silva and Chris Pontius to raise the money for Martial, but with Deleon only a point behind Pontius and Rolfe moaning about his playing time, it’s ok. It turns out it wasn’t even. Martial wanted a more than $30k pay raise and I just didn’t have the money. I had the money for the transfer fee though! One of these days I’ll get it right. I don’t know if getting Rudolf on a free was a mistake or a stroke of genius.
The “forced” departure of some of the players has told me a bit about how I feel about the players. I guess at a basic level, I haven’t fallen in love with the new players – and there are a lot of them. Kitchen and Hamid continue to be favorites, but Hamid’s lack of growth (in the game, of course) is starting to worry me. I’m only two seasons in, and I haven’t had the money to look for a replacement keeper given my desire to secure Martial, but I may see if I have the funds to grab Howard in the January transfer window, at which point I guess I’ll loan out Hamid. Knowing that Howard is likely to be a free transfer is the only reason I am even contemplating this, and with a back line that’s not getting any younger, maybe I should just keep Hamid back there. I’m not being forced to replace him due to age. I did get a little younger at LB getting rid of Christian Fernandez, and I guess I am a little younger having gotten rid of Parke, but I still have Franklin and Boswell back there without replacements that won’t be a huge drop off. Korb is a drop-off of 8. I guess Attakora is just a drop-off of three, but still.
I am going to run into serious congestion up top with Martial, EJ, and Espindola. I tried to sell both EJ and Espindola, not because I wanted to get rid of either, but because I knew they would both want PT. I was able to sign Espindola a contract for more money, but I didn’t commit to him starting, so maybe it’ll all work out.
I ended up changing the formation to a 4-2-2-2. This made sense to try to get Silva on the field and in a more attacking role. Theoretically, I no longer have the personnel for the formation, but I’m sticking with it for now.
After another championship-winning season, the board has backed me with $14 mil, so maybe I can go secure Martial without selling anyone I don’t want to!
Gilberto of Toronto FC was the golden boot winner.
I made the real-life DCU players bold since their are starting to be fewer of them. I still have a good core though!
A. Martial 74 (when he went back to Monaco)
E. Johnson 69
G. Rudolph 69 (free agent – I’m now the Hungarian national team coach, meaning free scouting!)
S. Franklin 68
B. Boswll 67
M. Bejarano 67
J. Jeffrey 66
C. Rolfe 65 (he’s gone up and down)
Korhut 65 (Hungarian free transfer!)
Doyle 63 (loaning him out is paying off!)
Porter 63 (loaning him out is paying off!)
Birnbaum 61 (recalled from a loan when I was otherwise going to have to forfeit the Open Cup Final!)
Guzan 59 (youth team)
Spangenberg 56 (youth team)
Farfan 53 (youth team)
Riley 52 (youth team)
Creavalle 50 (youth goalkeeper)
Gatt 50 (another youth goalkeeper)