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MLS revists eMLS Cup Competitors Bracket: NY Red Bulls eCompetitor George Adamou wins title

The 2020 eMLS Cup champion was crowned on Sunday via eMLS Cup presented by Coca-Cola and PlayStation®. Competitors will be vying for title as best EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 player in North America and $20,000 in prize money.

Twenty-five gamers representing twenty-five different MLS Clubs, competed in the 2020 eMLS season. Twelve competitors remain that will be competing on the eMLS Cup broadcast for the eMLS Cup crown. The top eleven competitors in total season points after League Series One and League Series Two automatically qualified while the final 12th seed was determined through a Last Chance Qualifier tournament on Friday among the remaining fourteen players.

In 2018, the Houston Dynamo’s ‘Kid M3mito’ won the first eMLS Cup. In 2019, the Philadelphia Union’s ‘Doolsta’ completed the eMLS treble by not only winning the second eMLS Cup but also the two 2019 League Series trophies. In 2020, FC Cincinnati’s ‘Fiddle’ has claimed the League Series One and League Series Two trophies to secure the top seed heading into eMLS Cup.

eMLS Cup was initially scheduled to occur in March, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was rescheduled and will now be virtual. This enables all twelve competitors, talent, and crew to participate from the comfort of their homes.

Rank Club Competitor Gamertag
1 FC Cincinnati Gordon Thornsberry FIDDLE
2 Atlanta United Paulo Neto Paulo Neto
3 NYCFC Chris Holly Didychrislito
4 Vancouver Whitecaps Alex Gonzalez-Aldana exraa
5 LAFC Martin Oregel RemiMartinn
6 LA Galaxy Giuseppe Guastella GODFATHER
7 Toronto FC Phil Balke PhilB94
8 New York Red Bulls George Adamou Adamou
9 Sporting Kansas City Alexander Betancourt ALEKZANDUR
10 Nashville SC Cormac Dooley Doolsta
11 Portland Timbers Edgar Guerrero RCTID Thiago
12 Columbus Crew SC Graham Ellix Crew96Skamzz

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Molly Dreska; COURTESY MLS COMMUNICATIONS

MLS gives COVID-19 Testing Update

 

NEW YORK (June 28, 2020) – Major League Soccer today provided an update on the results of COVID-19 testing for players, coaches and club staff since the resumption of full team training on June 4. As of today, 18 MLS players and six club staff have received positive Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests prior to travel to Orlando for the MLS is Back Tournament. A total of 668 players have been tested since early June.

In connection with the resumption of full team training in early June, MLS clubs began comprehensive testing of MLS players and technical staff that consisted of:

  • completion of two PCR tests 24 hours apart within approximately 72 hours prior to the start of training; and
  • continued PCR testing every other day once training began.

Twenty-five of the 26 MLS clubs were able to commence full team training prior to traveling to Orlando for the MLS is Back Tournament, and all of the 25 clubs conducted testing pursuant to this protocol.

Prior to traveling to Orlando, all players, coaches, referees, club personnel and league staff are required to complete an additional two PCR tests 24 hours apart and within approximately 72 hours of travel. Upon arrival in Florida, all individuals are required to immediately take another PCR test and are quarantined until they receive the results of that test. To date, 329 people have been administered PCR tests on-site, and two were positive, both of which were players who had just arrived.

Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 while in Orlando will participate in a clinical assessment by a healthcare provider and moved to the isolation area of the hotel until he or she receives medical clearance.

While in isolation, MLS players and other staff will be in daily communication with and receive remote care from a healthcare provider, including monitoring of symptoms and regular follow-up testing.

MLS is working in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health in Orange County and Osceola County, to identify any close contacts. Close contacts will also receive follow-up PCR testing and may be restricted from participating in group meals and recreational activities until cleared.

Beginning June 30, MLS will provide an update every other day with aggregated COVID-19 testing results for all members of the MLS is Back Tournament delegation staying at the host hotel in Florida.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

 

George Adamou, NY Red Bulls eMLS Competitor, Wins 2020 eMLS Cup presented by Coca-Cola and PlayStation®

Adamou crowned eMLS Cup 2020 Champion After Winning New York Derby against cross-town rival NYCFC in eMLS Cup Finals

NEW YORK (June 28, 2020 ) – New York Red Bulls eMLS competitor, George Adamou, was crowned the 2020 eMLS Cup Champion this evening in the third-ever edition of the tournament. With the victory, Adamou earned the title as best EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 player in North America and $12,500 in prize money. Runner up, NYCFC’s Chris ‘Didychrislito’ Holly and semifinalists, LAFC’s Martin ‘RemiMartinn’ Oregel and Atlanta United’s ‘Paulo Neto’ also secured a portion of the $20,000 prize pool.

This year’s eMLS Cup took place entirely online and in a remote format. After an intense day of competition, the two Clubs that made it to the eMLS Cup Finals were the New York Red Bulls and NYCFC – a New York Derby. The rivalry was intensified during eMLS Cup as the eMLS Cup Finals went to extra time. Adamou ended up notching the game-winning goal in extra time to secure the eMLS Cup title.

Twenty-year-old Adamou, from Queens, New York, is in the midst of his first year as a professional FIFA player and was the highest ranked U.S. FIFA player in the FIFA 20 EA SPORTS™ Global Series. This is his first year representing the New York Red Bulls in eMLS having just signed with them in December 2019 ahead of the 2020 eMLS season.

On his way to the eMLS Cup Finals, Adamou defeated Alexander ‘ALEKZANDUR’ Betancourt from Sporting Kansas City, League Series One and Two winner, FC Cincinnati’s Gordon ‘FIDDLE’ Thornsberry (in penalty kicks), and LAFC’s Martin ‘RemiMartinn’.

Meanwhile, NYCFC’s didycrislito observed a first-round bye after securing the No. 3 seed as a result of his League Series One and League Series Two performances. Didychrislito earned his first victory of the day over LA Galaxy’s Giuseppe ‘GODFATHER’ Guastella, the 2019 eMLS Cup runner up. Didychrislito then went on to complete a come-from-behind victory over Atlanta United’s Paulo Neto to earn his spot in the eMLS Cup Final. Based out of Brazil, Pauo Neto was ranked 11th in the world in the FIFA 20 EA SPORTS™ Global Series and recently won the eMLS Tournament Special alongside MLS teammate Franco Escobar.

Highlights:

Twenty-five gamers representing 25 different MLS Clubs competed in the 2020 eMLS season. Twelve competitors qualified for Sunday’s broadcast for the eMLS Cup crown. The top 11 competitors (FC Cincinnati – FIDDLE, Atlanta United – Paulo Neto, NYCFC – Didychrislito, Vancouver Whitecaps – exraa, LAFC – RemiMartinn, LA Galaxy – GODFATHER, Toronto FC – PhilB94, New York Red Bulls – Adamou, Sporting Kansas City – ALEKZANDUR, Nashville SC – Doolsta, Portland Timbers – RCTID Thiago) in total season points after League Series One and League Series Two automatically qualified while the final 12th seed (Columbus Crew SC – Graham Ellix) was determined through a Last Chance Qualifier tournament on Friday among the remaining 14 players.

eMLS Cup was initially scheduled to occur in March, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was rescheduled and moved to an online format. Due to the changes announced for the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series, in which eMLS was also an Official League Partner, Global Series points will not be allocated to eMLS Cup competitors.

Adamou now joins Doolsta and Kid M3mito as eMLS Cup Champions. Doolsta won the 2019 eMLS Cup representing the Philadelphia Union and Kid M3mito won the 2018 eMLS Cup representing the Houston Dynamo.

For more information on eMLS, visit www.mlssoccer.com/eMLS.

About eMLS:
eMLS is the esports and gaming property of Major League Soccer. Built around the EA SPORTS™ FIFA franchise, its goal is to utilize gaming to reach global audiences, raise the profile of MLS, and grow its next generation of fans. In 2019, the 2018 eMLS Cup presented by PlayStation® won Ex Awards Gold Winner for ‘Best Esports Activation,’ Cynopsis Sports Media Awards Honorable Mention for ‘Best Esports Event’ and Best Live Stream.

“PlayStation” is a trademark or registered trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Molly Dreska; COURTESY MLS COMMUNICATIONS

MLS is Back Tournament starts in July!

54 MATCHES
26 TEAMS
6 GROUPS
1 CHAMPION
Major League Soccer returns to play with an all-new tournament with regular season points and a spot in 2021 Concacaf Champions League on the line.

The return of MLS is only a few weeks away.

For the first time since play was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12, MLS teams will take to the field in official competition beginning on July 8 for a unique tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World Resort in Florida.

So how will it work and what does it mean for the 2020 season? Here’s everything you need to know about the MLS is Back Tournament:

Quick Facts

Key Dates

  • June 24: Teams begin arriving in Florida
  • July 8: Group Stage presented by Heineken begins
  • July 25-28: Knockout Stage presented by Audi (Round of 16) begins
  • July 30- Aug. 1: Quarterfinals
  • August 5-6: Semifinals
  • August 11: Final

How will the tournament work?

Similar to a FIFA World Cup, the tournament will feature a continuous schedule of matches nearly every day, with games beginning at 9 am, 8 pm and 10:30 pm EST, with the majority of the matches to be played in the evening.

Group Stage presented by Heineken:

  • The 26 teams will be split into six groups.
  • The Eastern Conference will have three groups, one of six teams and two with four teams each.
  • The Western Conference will have three groups, each consisting of four teams.
  • Each team will play three group stage matches over the course of 16 consecutive days.
  • Top three teams from Group A and the top two teams from Groups B,C,D,E,F advance. Also the next three highest-ranked teams in the group stage based on points total advance to Round of 16. More details
  • If two or more clubs are tied on points in the group stage, MLS regular season tiebreaking procedures are used.
  • The tiebreakers for determining the three highest-ranked teams are: (1) points, (2) goal differential, (3) goals scored, (4) fewest disciplinary points.

Group Stage Tournament Draw:

  • draw for the tournament will take place on Thursday, June 11 at 3:30 p.m. ET to determine the placing of the 26 teams into six groups.
  • Nashville SC will be placed in the Eastern Conference and will remain in the Eastern Conference for the remainder of the 2020 season.
  • As the “host” team, Orlando City SC will be the top seed in the six-team group.
  • The four semifinalists from the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs – Atlanta United, Los Angeles Football Club, Seattle Sounders FC, Toronto FC – will join Orlando as group seeds, along with Real Salt Lake (the next highest points total in the Western Conference from the 2019 season).
  • Full Group Stage Draw details

Knockout Stage presented by Audi:

  • Knockout round matches that finish tied at the end of regulation will proceed directly to a penalty kick shootout.

What’s at stake?

  • Regular Season points: Each of the 39 group-stage games will count for points toward the 2020 regular-season standings.
  • Concacaf Champions League spot: In a one-time change to MLS berths to the annual Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, the MLS is Back Tournament winner will earn a spot in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, regardless of whether it is a U.S. or Canadian club. This berth replaces the one traditionally awarded to the regular-season conference leader that did not win the Supporters’ Shield.
  • Prize Money: In addition to matches that count in the regular-season standings and competing for bragging rights, the MLS is Back Tournament will give players the opportunity to earn additional bonuses as part of a $1.1 million prize pool.

General competition rules

  • Substitutions: Clubs can make up to 5 substitutions per match per the new protocol set by the IFAB, but each club will have a maximum of three opportunities to make those 5 subs in every match. Subs made at halftime will not count toward one of the three opportunities.
  • Matchday rosters: Teams will also be able to name a matchday roster featuring up to 23 players.
  • Video Review: As is the case during regular MLS play, the Professional Referees Organization (PRO) will have access to Video Review for all games.
  • Delays & postponements: Match delays and postponements will be handled as per the 2020 MLS regular season rules. Any group stage match may be considered final should it reach the 60th minute and it is determined that the match cannot continue.

Disciplinary procedures

  • All discipline received from the first two matches of the 2020 regular season will carry over to the MLS is Back tournament.
  • All group stage discipline will be reset before the start of the knockout stage except for red cards (and second yellows) and other Disciplinary Committee action which will carry over to the knockout stage.
  • There will be no yellow card accumulation policy for the knockout stage.
  • Any group stage discipline that has not been served prior to the end of the group stage will be applied to the next 2020 regular season match following the completion of the tournament (Note: Group stage matches count toward regular season standings).
  • If a player receives a second yellow card in the final group stage match but the first yellow card was also his 5th yellow card of the regular season, the player will be suspended for the first knockout stage competition match (due to red card suspension) AND for his first regular season match following the Tournament (for yellow card accumulation).
  • Red cards (and second yellows) and Disciplinary Committee action in any player’s final knockout stage match will carry over to the regular season. All other knockout stage discipline that has not been fully served prior to the conclusion of the knockout stage will not carry over to the regular season following the tournament.

What happens after the tournament?

  • Upon completion of the MLS is Back Tournament, MLS plans to continue its regular season with a revised schedule in home markets, followed by the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs and the 25th MLS Cup.
  • The schedule will be developed at a later date.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

MLS announces Group Stage Tournament in return to The Pitch

MLS is Back Tournament

Group play to kick off 16 consecutive days of competition at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

All group stage matches will count in 2020 MLS regular season standings

NEW YORK (June 11, 2020) – Major League Soccer today conducted the official live draw for the MLS is Back Tournament to determine the group stage matchups of the competition. Each club will play three group stage matches, all counting towards the 2020 MLS regular season standings, and the tournament winner will earn a spot in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.

Similar to a FIFA World Cup format, the tournament will feature a continuous schedule of matches with group stage play featuring 16 consecutive days of action beginning on July 8 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The top two teams from each group along with the four best third-place finishers will move on to the knockout stage.

As the host club, Orlando City SC was placed in the top spot in Group A, which will be the six-team group. In addition, Inter Miami CF will join Orlando in Group A. As part of Major League Soccer’s decision to restart the season in the state of Florida, the inaugural match between Orlando City SC and Inter Miami CF will kick off the tournament on July 8.

The remaining clubs in Group A will face three opponents set on their draw position. The matchups are ordered by slot number and not placed in order of game schedule:

Seed Club Opponents
A1 Orlando City SC MIA NYC NSH
A2 Inter Miami CF ORL PHI CHI
A3 New York City FC ORL PHI CHI
A4 Philadelphia Union MIA NYC NSH
A5 Chicago Fire FC MIA NYC NSH
A6 Nashville SC ORL PHI CHI

The remaining top seeds in each group were determined by their performance in the 2019 season. In the Eastern Conference, 2019 MLS Cup finalist Toronto FC was drawn into Group C, while 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs semifinalist Atlanta United was drawn into Group E. In the Western Conference, 2019 MLS Cup Champion Seattle Sounders FC was drawn into Group B, while 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs semifinalist Los Angeles Football Club was drawn into Group F. Real Salt Lake, the team with the next highest points total in the Western Conference from the 2019 season, was drawn into Group D.

Group A B C D E F
Position Eastern Western Eastern Western Eastern Western
1 ORL SEA TOR RSL ATL LAFC
2 MIA DAL NE SKC CIN LA
3 NYC VAN MTL COL RBNY HOU
4 PHI SJ DC MIN CLB POR
5 CHI
6 NSH

The tournament schedule, including specific matchup dates and broadcast details, will be announced at a later date.

Clubs will begin arriving in Orlando as early as June 24 for preseason training.  Clubs that can conduct full team training in their markets pursuant to the league’s medical and testing protocols must arrive no later than seven days before their first match.

Following group stage play, the advancing clubs enter the knockout stage which will include a Round-of-16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and the Championship match will take place on August 11. Matches tied at the end of regulation in the knock-out phase will proceed directly to a penalty kick shootout. Click HERE for the MLS is Back Tournament Competition Guidelines.

In addition to group stage matches that count in the regular season standings and the Champions League berth, players will have the opportunity to earn additional bonuses as part of a $1.1 million prize pool.

The MLS medical department and the league’s infectious disease experts have developed a comprehensive COVID-19 testing plan which will be implemented for the entire MLS is Back Tournament. An overview of health, safety and medical protocols can be found HERE.  In addition, MLS will make a contribution of serology (antibody) tests to Central Florida residents beginning June 18.

KEY DATES
June 24: Teams begin arriving in Florida
July 8: MLS is Back Tournament group stage begins
July 25-28: Round-of-16
July 30- Aug. 1: Quarterfinals
August 5-6: Semifinals
August 11: MLS is Back Tournament Final

About Major League Soccer
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer – celebrating its 25th Season in 2020 – features 26 clubs throughout the United States and Canada, in addition to future expansion teams in Austin, St. Louis, Sacramento, and Charlotte. For more information about MLS, visit www.MLSsoccer.com.

About ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, located at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, is one of the premier sites for amateur sports in the nation. The complex hosts more than 100 entertainment and sporting events each year and has accommodated 70 different sports featuring athletes from 70 different countries. Designed to provide professional, amateur and youth athletes with experiences synonymous with the names Disney and ESPN, the 220-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including 16 baseball/softball fields, a 9,500-seat ballpark, 18 multi-purpose outdoor fields for soccer, football and field hockey, three indoor venues for basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, dance and other indoor sports, a track & field facility and a cross country course. For more information, visit www.disneysportsnews.com for news releases, photos and videos. Follow us on Twitter at @ESPNWWOS and at Facebook at ESPNWWOS.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

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