MLS Unveils eMLS to the eSports World

Get ready Major League Soccer and eSports fans, because these two worlds are merging in a way you’ve never seen before! On Friday, MLS announced the beginning of eMLS. This will be their very own esports competition featuring nineteen MLS clubs.

During a press release for the new chapter, Todd Sitrin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Competitive Gaming Division at EA, voiced his enthusiasm for what this new development could mean for the franchise.

“We’re honored to partner with MLS within the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series as we continue to help grow competitive gaming and soccer in North America,” said Sitrin, according to ESPN. “We engage millions of soccer fans daily through FIFA and attract many more who view our competitions around the world. With the eMLS we accelerate our growth as players compete on the road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.”

The way it works is each participating club will draft it’s own esports player. These players will then go on to compete for a chance to represent the entire MLS franchise in the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 in August. The player who takes home the eMLS Cup will continue on to the FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs.

Here are the 19 clubs that will be participating in eMLS:

  • Chicago Fire
  • Colorado Rapids
  • Columbus Crew SC
  • FC Dallas
  • Houston Dynamo
  • LA Galaxy
  • Minnesota United FC
  • Montreal Impact
  • New England Revolution
  • New York City FC
  • New York Red Bulls
  • Orlando City SC
  • Philadelphia Union
  • Portland Timbers
  • San Jose Earthquakes
  • Seattle Sounders FC
  • Sporting Kansas City
  • Toronto FC
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC

The league will launch on April 5 with the eMLS Cup at PAX East in Boston.


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