Major League Soccer is creating its own Federation Internationale de Football Association eSports league

Henrietta Strickland
January 13, 2018

The 19 teams that will feature at the eMLS Cup are - 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, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

On January 12th the MLS and EA Sports announced that they were partnering up in order to create the eMLS, a new competitive Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 league which will include the best Federation Internationale de Football Association players in North America.

Fans will be able to follow their favorite MLS clubs in eMLS competition as participating MLS teams get set to recruit their own players, including via local tournaments, to identify the best talent in pursuit of the eMLS Cup.

The FIFA eWorld Cup is the conclusion of the FIFA 18 Global Series tournament, an expansion of the long-running annual esports competitions in EA's FIFA franchise.

This comes right after the Overwatch League and its major success this week, representing yet another big step for esports and competitive gaming as a whole. Do you have the skills to compete for your team in the eMLS?

The NBA has already started qualifying for gamers hoping to be part of the NBA 2K League when it tips off in May. The owners of the squads in those esports organizations are often billionaires or corporations, and they provide their athletes with salaries, benefits and housing. These players will then all face off in the eMLS Cup at PAX East. The league, named eMLS, will be tied to the upcoming EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs. The eMLS Cup victor will earn a guaranteed playoff spot in the Global Series.

"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 Todd Sitrin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Competitive Gaming Division at EA.

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