In yet another FIFA 2019 announcement, EA Sports has released information on an expanded eMLS 2019 season format. Atlanta United, D.C. United, and FC Cincinnati will be joining the league for the first time, expanding the competitive ecosystem to 22 teams. Players will compete for a seed in the 2019 eMLS Cup throughout two events – eMLS League Series One hosted in conjunction with the LA Galaxy in January and eMLS League Series Two with FC Dallas in February.
“We were thrilled with the success and excitement in year one of eMLS,” said James Ruth, Senior Director of Properties and Events at Major League Soccer. “Working with our core partners, EA SPORTS and PlayStation, we are creating more opportunities for our players to compete and our fans to engage with eMLS in 2019. eMLS League Series presented by PlayStation and the rest of our 2019 programming will push us closer to our goal of blurring the lines between traditional and digital soccer, while further elevating eMLS in the global FIFA competitive gaming community.”
Announced in January of 2018, the first season of eMLS consisted of the following teams, which will all still be available during the 2019 events: 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, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Information from 11/19/2018 Press release
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