SKC Alekzandur reaches conference semifinals of inaugural eMLS Cup

Alex Betancourt represented Sporting Kansas City in the inaugural eMLS Cup, a competitive EA SPORTS FIFA18 tournament that ran Thursday through Sunday at the PAX East gaming festival inside the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Playing under the gamer name “SKC Alekzandur,” Betancourt earned a second-place finish in the regular season phase of the competition, posting a 12-5-1 record across Thursday and Friday.

Playoff action began Saturday as the 19-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, native defeated the Portland Timbers in the Western Conference quarterfinals before narrowly falling 3-2 to FC Dallas in the conference semifinals. Betancourt ended the tournament with 13 wins, six losses and a draw while outscoring opponents 69-37.

The first eMLS Cup champion was crowned Sunday when the Houston Dynamo’s Guillermo Trevino (Kid M3Mito) defeated the Montreal Impact’s Lyes Ould-Ramoul (LyesMTL). The championship showdown drew an end to the inaugural edition of an MLS-based event that saw 19 clubs represented by 19 different gamers.

As finalists, Trevino and Ould-Ramoul secured spots in the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup. The top 32 competitors in the Global Series Playoffs will advance to the FIFA eWorld Cup in August, where the winner will be crowned the undisputed FIFA 18 World Champion.

While Betancourt’s journey with Sporting KC is complete, he will move onto another major FIFA 18 event later this month when he travels to Brazil for the ESWC FIFA18 Sao Paulo tournament. The competition will reward its best players a total of four qualifying spots in the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs, which take place in June.