Minnesota United has signed two players to compete in the 2019 eMLS season. Jay Adams (@JayAdams) returns to the MNUFC eMLS Team after featuring for the club last season, and he will be joined by newcomer Alex Tsobanakis (@Tsobi7), who recently finished first of 64 attendees in an MNUFC eSports Tournament.
"My friends told me about the tournament and I said, 'Why not? Might as well give it a go,’ and it went pretty well," said Tsobanakis. "I'm really looking forward to the season, I love the club – I've been supporting since I was seven – and I want to be part of this as it grows bigger. Qualifying for a big event is probably my main goal – meeting my friends out there on the big stage, that's where I want to be."
Adams returns to the club after featuring heavily in local tournaments and online on the MNUFC Twitch channel in 2018. He will be competing alongside Tsobanakis for a place in the eMLS series this season, and helping to build content around the game and in the community.
"It means a lot to me [returning to MNUFC], I love the club in general so it's fun to be part of it all," said Adams. "I like the direction we're going – the league itself is getting bigger and the eMLS side is getting bigger. I just want to keep improving at FIFA, reach potential fans and continue to be inclusive and out there more."
The eMLS season will feature 22 teams in 2019, each vying for the 2019 eMLS Cup presented by PlayStation. The calendar is highlighted by the inaugural eMLS League Series, comprised of two events: eMLS League Series One, hosted in conjunction with the LA Galaxy in January, and eMLS League Series Two, hosted by FC Dallas in February. Each will include participation from all eMLS professional FIFA players, with prizes awarded for performance in each series. Additionally, performance across the two eMLS League Series events will determine seeding for the 2019 eMLS Cup.
eMLS is an Official League Partner of the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series and eMLS players competing in eMLS Cup will receive points for the EA SPORTS Global Series Playoffs. Within the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series, eMLS had six players qualify for the Global Series Playoffs in Amsterdam (behind only the Virtuelle Bundesliga), with one competitor advancing to the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup in London