EA Games has yet to announce this year's entry in the Federation Internationale de Football Association video game franchise, and MLS only refers to eMLS as an esports league for Federation Internationale de Football Association 18.
The Major League Soccer has 23 teams - 20 from USA and 3 from Canada but only 19 teams are taking part in the eMLS Cup. The three Canadians teams have yet to make an announcement about their pro gamers.
MLS said on Friday that 19 of its clubs will take part in the initial eMLS Cup, and it showed off a clever new shield design for these clubs that includes video game controller buttons and a directional pad.
EA has already had great success with its competitive "Madden NFL" series, with its gaming circuit boasting a purse of US$1.153 million.
It's unclear whether these players will be paid by their sponsoring team, like they are in the National Basketball Association 2K League. Toronto, whose eteam will be known as the Raptors Uprising Gaming Club (GC), is one of 17 teams that have signed up for the virtual hoops league.More news: UKIP leader suspends blonde model girlfriend over 'racist' Meghan Markle texts
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The NHL is expected to announce its esports plans soon. Do you think North Americans stand a better chance in the eWorld Cup or the real World Cup? New York City FC became the first in the MLS to sign an esports player last April, and Christopher Holly said he was excited about eMLS.
LaBelle will represent the Red Bulls in the recently-announced EA Sports FIFA 18 gaming league, eMLS, and in FIFA tournaments around the world.
Holly is already on his way, having qualified for the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) Champions Cup on January 26-28 in Barcelona, Spain, where the top eight finishers will advance to the June playoffs.
A Houston native, LaBelle played college soccer at McMurry University; he has won seven national titles in EA Sports FIFA and represented the United States at the FIFA Interactive World Cup and World Cyber Games, among others.