Hey, so this is a dynasty type thing I've been wanting to write up for a while but until recently, no really known where to put it. So I present you with the New York Soccer League, a league base around football in the State of New York.
The idea is that this league will steadily build up toward becoming a big league, with teams from all over the US and eventually maybe even all of North America.
Current Teams: AFC Manhattan - Owned by Carlos Acosta Albany - Owned by Tyler Garrison Bronx Football Youth Academy - Owned by Scott Manning Buffalo United - Owned by Connor Cooke & Spencer Sutton New York City - Owned by Eric Lowe (the league owner) Queens Borough NYC - Owned by Jessica Rivera Rochester Roses - Owned by Joshua Wells Seven Hills - Owned by Gabriel Woods Staten Island - Owned by Cody Rogers Syracuse - Owned by Clinton Booth (rivals of Albany)
As we go through the seasons, I'll introduce you to the teams and show you the results of the league. My hopes is that I can get people involved by allowing people to create their own teams and possibly an option to sponsor teams (giving them a slight boost).
This will all be done using regular simulations on the site League Simulator.
The league had started off well, with no problems arising so far. All the teams looked great out there as they contested those top two spots to compete in the grand finale. Top of the league was a tie, with Bronx FYA holding it on goal difference at the midway point. Scott must be proud of his kids. I'd been worried honestly, the young team didn't seem to have much heart, but they'd truly brought the fire with them to start the season off. Jessica's boys in Queens were also running rampant through the league, pushing the kids down in Bronx to their best. Connor and Spencer were getting along well and had managed to get Spencer's squad competing at the top of their game despite the move. On the other end though, Seven Hills, Gabriel's team down in Yonkers were not performing at all. 1 win and 1 draw in 9 games is just sad. I warned him he'd need to get the teams together for the rest of the season. I can see why the club shut down initially now as their is just a complete lack of support and players, Gabriel's in his mid-40s and ends up having to play some games. Meanwhile my team, New York City down in Brooklyn performing more average than I'd hoped, although a lot of the top tier talent had been scooped up by bigger, older clubs than us or simply refused to sign.
Season 1: Mid-Season Table 1) Bronx Football Youth Academy (19 pts) 2) Queens Borough NYC (19 pts) 3) Buffalo United (15 pts) 4) AFC Manhattan (15 pts) 5) New York City (14 pts) 6) Syracuse (14 pts) 7) Staten Island (12 pts) 8) Rochester Roses (11 pts) 9) Albany (7 pts) 10) Seven Hills (4 pts)
At the midway point of the season Tyler Garrison of Albany found Máximo Correa, a Mexican player who'd recently moved into Albany and was looking for a club. Tyler swooped in, picking up the young star and boy did it change his team. Correa was just amazing for the team, helping boost them up by 17 points in the 2nd half of the season and although it only moved them from 9th to 8th in the league, the future looked brighter for Albany. Everyone was pretty even this half of the season. One issue I noticed was the loss of many young talents by Bronx FYA to other teams, however when I talked to Scott about it, he seemed to be fine with it, despite the fact it actually cost his team the spot in the final. His reasoning was "I'm just here to train these kids and get them doing something. It's all free of charge, if the kids get signed on to the other clubs, they get paid and I've done my job. I'm not necessarily here to win, just give the kids something to do."
Final Table 1) Queens Borough NYC (37) 2) Buffalo United (29) 3) New York City (28) 4) Bronx Football Youth Academy (27) 5) Syracuse (25) 6) AFC Manhattan (25) 7) Rochester Roses (24) 8) Albany (24) 9) Staten Island (20) 10) Seven Hills (17)
As the grand final match, to determine the winner rolled around I called on some of my players. While we'd not made the finals as I'd hoped, I got a few of them to help me set up a live stream of the match. In person we'd only been getting small crowds, maybe up to 40 people coming to watch matches. This matches crowd was the biggest, with 52 people showing up. Jessica Rivera's Queens would take on the co-owned Buffalo United in Queens.
1 - Queens Borough NYC 0 - Buffalo United
In the end, it would be Jessica Rivera's team winning the title, which after dominating the whole season only made sense. Captain Connor Doyle proudly raising the trophy high above his head.
Following the end of the season, views were high for the video of the final, so plans were made to record the whole of the next season. One thing I was glad to hear was that none of the teams were going out of business, so next season would see the same 10 teams do it all over again.
A new message had come through from a man named John Hudson who had apparently formed a club out in New Rochelle. Apparently he wasn't entered a league yet as the request was to join the NYSL. I hadn't really thought about expanding the league, but uploading videos online had gained the league a nice little following and I guess Hudson wanted in. I met up with Jess (owner of Queens) and Scott (owner of Bronx FYA) to discuss the idea. After much deliberation it was decided next season we would expand the league up to 12 teams. Hudson's team however would not be guaranteed a spot. Instead we host a tournament, with the two finalists earning spots in the league. Meanwhile in the league Syracuse FC had taken off a decent lead, scoring 22 points in 9 games but losing their derby match against Albany 2-0. The next best team, my boys in New York were 5 points behind them, but still in with a finals shot and managing to draw with Syracuse. On the other end the kids in the Bronx were really struggling, only managing 6 points over the first half of the season. I was worried this might happen, as it seems the other teams rob them blind anytime any of their players looks good. Scott never seems to mind though. Down that same end, tensions seemed to be high between Spencer and Connor at Buffalo. Apparently the two ex-rivals still weren't able to get along and you could see it in their struggling club.
Season 2 Mid-Season Table: 1) Syracuse (22) 2) New York City (17) 3) Queens Borough NYC (16) 4) Seven Hills (14) 5) Albany (13) 6) Rochester Roses (13) 7) Buffalo United (10) 8) Staten Island (9) 9) AFC Manhattan (9) 10) Bronx FYA (6)