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LAFC joining eMLS in 2020

Black-and-gold finally join league’s gaming circuit.

Courtesy of MLS.

Los Angeles Football Club, the lone holdout among current MLS teams in the league’s gaming league, eMLS, will be joining for the 2020 season, the club announced on Thursday.

LAFC will join 2020 MLS expansion team Nashville SC and future MLS expansion team Austin FC as newcomers to eMLS for the upcoming circuit.

Most MLS teams hire one player to play on their behalf in eMLS. A few teams have gone for a roster of players, riding the hot hand for tournaments and other events, and teams have selected players in different ways. Some seem to use it as a way of signing a local amateur player and see what they can do, while others are more competitive, signing professionals and/or looking beyond the local area to try and maximize their chances of winning.

2020 will be the third year of the competition. 2018 was mostly directed around eMLS Cup, a single tournament to determine the winner, while 2019 expanded to several events leading up to eMLS Cup. Expect a similar format for the upcoming season.

If you’re not into the FIFA games or gaming in general, you probably won’t really care about this and that’s fine. But with LAFC aiming to be cutting-edge in the league and beyond, sitting out the first two years was rather puzzling.

Think you have what it takes to be LAFC’s eMLS player? You could be in luck, according to a team release:

LAFC will host an online selection qualifying tournament in search of the club’s first-ever esports player to represent the club in eMLS competitions. Three qualifying round competitions will take place on October 26, November 1 and 3, before the top performers of the first three rounds battle in the final on Wednesday, November 6.

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