Major League Soccer

Major League soccer presents a particular challenge for The CM 89/90 patch – the league was not founded until 1996, and with the NASL having folded in 1984, soccer in the US (and Canada) in 1989 consisted of various indoor and outdoor leagues, plus the college football system.

MLS can’t be restructured in Championship Manager, and nor can its clubs’ names be changed, so I’d been assigning North American-based players of the time to MLS clubs of the same geographical area as where they played.

For the latest patch (April 2017), however, I’ve attempted to create a more cohesive MLS – each team is made up of a few nearby (where possible) clubs from the era, which means all clubs have a balanced squad of 22-30 players. The lower divisions have been worked on too – many clubs now have much smaller squads, but teams that continued to exist, such as Seattle Sounders or Vancouver Whitecaps, have accurate squads for the time. Some players have been moved large distances in order to balance out the squads.

The table below summarises the make-up of the 1989 “virtual MLS” teams, while the attached document gives an exhaustive list (including lower league sides):

MLS team 1989 teams Colours Coach Notable players
Chicago Fire Chicago Power
St. Louis Storm
Red Don Popovic Fernando Clavijo
Karlheinz Granitza
Colorado Rapids Tacoma Stars
Memphis Storm
Claret Alan Hinton Neil Megson
Columbus Crew Cleveland Crunch
Cleveland Force
Dayton Dynamo
Yellow and black Kai Haaskivi Patricio Margetic
David Weir
Dallas Burn Dalals Sidekicks
Houstin Dynamo
Red Billy Phillips Steve Kinsey
Roy Lassiter
DC United Baltimore Blast
Washington Stars
Black Kenny Cooper Jeff Agoos
Bruce Murray
Kansas City Wizards Kancas City Comets
Wichita Wngs
Sky blue Terry Nicholl Jan Goossens
Kevin Kewley
LA Galaxy LA Heat
San Diego Nomads
White and Navy Sigi Schmid Marcelo Balboa
Eric Wynalda
Metrostars Albany Capitals
New Jersey Eagles
Black and Red Bob Bradley John Harkes
Paul Mariner
Miami Fusion Ft. Lauderdale Strikers
Miami Heat
Yellow and Red (as per the FL Strikers) Wim Suurbier Teofilo Cubillas
Tab Ramos
New England Revolution Boston Bolts
Edmonton Brickmen
Navy and Red Ross Ongaro Justin Fashanu
Tony Meola
San Jose Earthquakes California Kickers
San Francisco Bay Blackhawks
Blue and Black Dieter Hochheimer Dominic Kinnear
Cle Kooiman
Tampa Bay Mutiny Orlando Lions
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Green and yellow (as per the Rowdies) Ken Fogarty Christopher Sullivan
Peter Ward