February 12
Deep Dive - eMLS

eMLS is back for the 2024 season, including a new competitive platform and players for 22 clubs that represent the global growth of the league. The first edition to be played as part of FC Pro features two marquee League Series events in February and March, concluding with the eMLS Cup on March 10 in Austin during South by Southwest.

There will be another first, as former Canada national team and Vancouver Whitecaps FC striker Tosaint Ricketts - who goes by the name eightysvn - becomes the first former MLS player to participate in eMLS, having made over 250 professional appearances in his decade-long football career.

As eMLS continues to grow on a global scale, this year’s edition will feature international stars like 2023 eMLS Cup champion Niklas “NR7” Raseck with St. Louis CITY SC looking to defend his title, 2022 eMLS Cup champion Paulo Neto with Atlanta United, JAFONSO with New England Revolution, Ollelito with New York City FC and Diogo Mendes with Austin FC.

eMLS utilises gaming to reach global audiences, raise the profile of MLS, and grow its next generation of fans. The 2024 campaign will be another step towards achieving those goals.

Former eMLS Cup winners

  • St. Louis CITY SC (2023)

  • Atlanta United (2022)

  • New York City FC (2021)

  • New York Red Bulls (2020)

  • Philadelphia Union (2019)

  • Houston Dynamo FC (2018)

Who is taking part?

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See below for every club that is participating in eMLS 2024 and the player who will be representing each of them:

Atlanta United Paulo Neto

Austin FC Diogo

CF Montréal Loux

Charlotte FC Gustavo

Columbus Crew Chris Lopez

D.C. United KingCJ0

FC Dallas AlanAvi

Houston Dynamo FC JordyReyes

Inter Miami CF K1john

Los Angeles Football Club Pabs

Minnesota United Lamps

Nashville SC SaucySammy

New England Revolution JAFONSO

New York City FC Ollelito

New York Red Bulls doolsta

Orlando City yaboyoussef

Philadelphia Union ThiagoCapo12

San Jose Earthquakes BENR

Seattle Sounders FC GADAMOU10

St. Louis CITY SC NR7

Toronto FC Didychrislito

Vancouver Whitecaps FC eightysvn

Tournament format

eMLS 2024 Competitive Season Schedule

eMLS League Series 1

The 2024 season kicks off on February 16 with remote qualifiers followed by the group stage on February 17 and bracket final on February 18.

eMLS League Series 2

The season continues March 1 with remote qualifiers, the group stage on March 2 and bracket final on March 3.

​​eMLS Cup

The 2024 campaign will conclude in Austin at the annual conference and festival South by Southwest, with the group stage on March 8-9 and the fan-facing live bracket final on March 10 at ACL Live.

In addition to competing for the trophy, the top two players within the eMLS Cup get direct bids to the FC Pro World Championship.

How to watch

The remote qualifiers and group stages of each League Series will be featured on the Twitch and YouTube channel of each MLS club or player, and fans can watch each event’s bracket on  Twitch and YouTube. Each league broadcast will showcase the top 12 remaining players and offer enhanced coverage for supporters.

There will be an all-star commentary crew to ensure you stay entertained and informed, including host Faizal Khamisa, play-by-play announcer and reigning Esports Awards Caster of the Year Dan Gaskin, plus commentator Mike Labelle.

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