The 2020 eMLS season kicks into another gear tonight when some of the top EA Sports FIFA players in North America compete in the knockout rounds of League Series One presented by PlayStation in Philadelphia.
What is League Series One and how does it work?
League Series One is the first of three eMLS tournaments that will take place in 2020, followed by League Series Two in February and eMLS Cup in March. Players from 25 MLS teams, including Sporting Kansas City representative Alekzandur, competed in League Series One with the objective of accumulating points in the 2020 eMLS standings. The League Series One winner will also receive a $7,500 cash prize.
All 25 players played 12 games during the regular-season portion of the event, which took place on Thursday. Alekzandur placed 10th with a record of 6-3-3.
The top eight overall players (regardless of conference) qualified for the live-stream portion of the event tonight from 6-9:30 p.m. CT, with the host club (in this case the Philadelphia Union) guaranteed a place on the live stream no matter their player's result.
Who qualified and what are the matchups?
Of the eight qualifiers who will take part in Friday's event, five are newcomers to eMLS in 2020. Representative for the Vancouver Whitecaps, exraa was the top-performing newcomer, only missing out on top spot on goal differential. The New York Red Bulls' G_Adamou, LAFC's RemiMartinn and Orlando City's highly anticipated Brazilian arrival Paulo Neto also made it through to Friday's live-streamed event behind first-placed Didychrislito. The most talked-about newcomer to eMLS will also take part on Friday, although it was a tough first outing for Super Bowl-winning running back and Philadelphia Union representative Jay Ajayi.