MLS Players to Sign | FM19 | Who To Buy


Football Manager 2019 is just around the corner, and to help you on your MLS save, here are eight players to sign if you decide to head stateside on your Football Manager journey….

Tyler Adams


At just 19 years of age, Tyler Adams has come into his own in the big Apple. He has played 58 games in his short career at the New York Red Bulls. More recently, the New York native has been linked to moves to Europe, including a possible reunion with former head coach, Jesse Marsch, at RB Leipzig. He also has seven caps and a single goal for the USMNT. A future star?

Value in FM18: $1.4 million

CA in FM18: 102

PA in FM18: 141

Contract Type: Senior

Tyler’s starting attributes in FM18 are not the best, but I am expecting a big boost for FM19, bare in mind, at this point, Tyler had only played a single game for the Red Bulls. His best attributes are 15 on stamina, and 13 on both determination and work rate.

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Dax McCarty


A MLS veteran, having made over 250 appearances for four different teams, and has captained three of these teams. The “Ginger Ninja” is an excellent signing, a warrior in the midfield, and a perfect captain. Having played thirteen times for the USMNT, he also brings international experience. At the age of 31, Dax still has at least another 4 years at this level, and would be a great signing for any MLS side.

Value in FM18: $2.7 million

CA in FM18: 119

PA in FM18: 119

Contract Type: Senior

At the age of 31, Dax is not getting any better, but with 16 for both leadership and determination, plus his ability to play in a number of positions, getting Dax could be pivotal to any success…

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Miguel Almirón


The attacking midfielder joined MLS new boys, Atlanta United in 2015. He has since played 55 games with him scoring 18 goals, at just the tender age of 24. In addition to his MLS exploits, he also has 12 caps for his country, Paraguay. He would be hard to sway from Atlanta, but could they be tempted with a large trade offer?!

Value in FM18: $6.25 million

CA in FM18: 142

PA in FM18: 161

Contract Type: Young DP

Miguel has a number of good attributes in FM18, including 17 for both First Touch and Techinque, and several 16’s. He is a solid player, who can bring much quality to your side, and will bag you a few goals and set up lots of team mates.

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Alexander Ring


The midfielder joined the newest team in the Big Apple, NYCFC in January 2017. He has since made 53 appearances with a single goal, and was an invaluable part of their midfield during the 2017 season. He was voted the club’s Newcomer of the Year. The 27 year old has also has forty four caps for his country, Finland, with two goals to his name for his country.

Value in FM18: $3.6 million

CA in FM18: 123

PA in FM18: 127

Contract Type: Senior

Alexander also has a number of good attributes in FM18 including 17 for work rate and aggression, 15 for both determination and stamina. A solid midfielder, who is best suited to playing the Mezzala role, and on his day, can be a game changer.


Maxime Chanot


The experienced 28 year joined NYCFC in 2016 after spells in England, France and Belgium. The centre half has played 35 games for the side, but injuries has hindered his progress, but on his day is one of the best centre halves in the league. He has played 27 times for Luxembourg, scoring three goals.

Value in FM18: $2.4 million

CA in FM18: 118

PA in FM18: 124

Contract Type: Senior

Chanot has decent, but not amazing, attributes in FM18, the ones standing out from the rest of the pack being 15 for heading, bravery, composure, and balance. He also has a number of 14’s. Maxime is a very good central defender, and undoubtedly, one of the best in the MLS.

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Diego Valeri


The 32 year old signed with Portland Timbers in 2013, initially on loan before making the move permanent, after spending ten years playing for Lanus scoring 39 goals in 220 appearances. Since joining the Timbers, he has scored 62 goals in 146 appearances. He scored the opening goal in 2015 MLS Cup Final, and won MLS Cup MVP in 2015, and MLS MVP in 2017. He also holds a green card (which qualifies him as a domestic player for roster purposes). Could you persuade Timbers to let him go for the right price?

Value in FM18: $5.25 million

CA in FM18: 138

PA in FM18: 139

Contract Type: DP

At the age of 32, he is unlikely to become any better, and there is a possibility he could decline, despite this, he still has very good attributes in FM18, including 17 for determination, 16 for vision, and 15 for free kick taking. One of the best in MLS on his day, no doubt!

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Yoshimar Yotun


Yoshimar Yotun signed with MLS franchise, Orlando City SC, in 2017, after two years playing his trade in Sweden for Malmo FF. The 28 year old is a highly versatile player, being able to play in both defence and in midfield. He may not be a starter but would be an ideal back up, could you sway the hands of Orlando to trade the Peru international?

Value in FM18: $2.4 million

CA in FM18: 117

PA in FM18: 122

Contract Type: DP

Yotun has decent, but like Maxime Chanot, not amazing attributes in FM18, the ones standing out include 15 for acceleration, 14 for technique and crossing. He also has decent free kick taking, at 13. A good back up for sure.

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Aaron Long

Aaron Long 2018 closeup

Aaron Long is one of the biggest surprise packages in American soccer for many years. Rejected by both Portland and Seattle, he signed for New York Red Bulls II, the USL side of the MLS side, New York Red Bulls. After impressing then-head coach, Jesse Marsch, he earned a move to the first team, where he has stayed ever since.

In the two seasons at Red Bull Arena, he has played fifty-nine times, scoring three goals, and recently he earned his first call up to the USMNT.

The Red Bulls wouldn’t let the California native go easily, so either go big or go home…

Value in FM18: $1.3 million

CA in FM18: 106

PA in FM18: 115

Contract Type: Senior Minimum Salary

Aaron Long, admittedly, doesn’t have good attributes at all in FM18, but I expect a big rise in the new game, being a starting centre back for the New York Red Bulls and in the USMNT fold will surely mean he will get a big upgrade. His best attributes in FM18 are 12 for heading and tackling, and 11 for anticipation.

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So, they were my eight players to sign if you decide to head stateside on your FM19, do you agree or disagree? Let us know on Twitter…

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