Enrique Espinoza

Espinoza rides 5-game unbeaten streak into Saturday's eMLS Cup Last Chance Qualifier

Chicago Fire gamer Enrique Espinoza collected a 4-3-3 record in Friday's cross-conference competition at eMLS Cup presented by PlayStation, finishing the day on a 5-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2) in Boston. 

Espinoza's 15 points earned on the day lifted him into the No. 7 position in the cumulative Eastern Conference table, enough to secure a bye in Saturday's Last Chance Qualifier round. Espinoza (gamertag: BITW18 II) will face either No. 8-seeded JKO1707 (New England Revolution) or No. 11-seeded Mike LaBelle (New York Red Bulls) Saturday morning for the right to play in the Eastern Conference's Last Chance Qualifier final. A win in that round would lift Espinoza into the knockout stages of the 2019 eMLS Cup Playoffs. 

Facing Western Conference competition for the first time in eMLS-sanctioned play, Espinoza's Friday schedule got off to a strong start with a 2-0 win over FC Dallas' AlanAvi, who began the day ranked No. 2 in the West after League Series One and League Series Two competition. Espinoza was clipped in his next match by Vancouver's Skills Shack after the Whitecaps player scored a decisive goal in the 89th minute, claiming a 2-1 win.

After taking one point from his next three matches, Espinoza came out strong following the intermission with a 2-0 win over Colorado's BuckArmy and a 1-1 draw against reigning eMLS Cup champion KidM3mito of Houston Dynamo. He then posted back-to-back wins over Minnesota United FC (2-1) and San Jose Earthquakes (3-0) before closing Friday's slate with a 1-1 draw against Sporting KC's SKC Cissé.

Saturday's Last Chance Qualifier begins at 9 AM CT and will be followed later in the day by the eMLS Cup Knockout Rounds (12 PM CT) and Main Event (6 PM CT), both of which will stream live at twitch.tv/emls and twitter.com/emls. For more coverage, visit MLSsoccer.com/eMLS

Enrique Espinoza -- Cross-Conference Results (Friday, March 29)


Opponent Club Time (CT) Result
AlanAvi FC Dallas 3:00 PM  W, 2-0
  -BYE- 3:20 PM  
Skills Shack Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3:40 PM L, 2-1
TheMarsBars11 Seattle Sounders FC 4:00 PM D, 1-1
Rctid_Thiago Portland Timbers 4:20 PM L, 4-2
GGGodfather LA Galaxy 4:40 PM L, 1-0
  -BYE- 6:00 PM  
BuckArmy Colorado Rapids 6:20 PM W, 2-0
KidM3mito Houston Dynamo 6:40 PM D, 1-1
JayAdams Minnesota United FC 7:00 PM W, 2-1
CaliSCG San Jose Earthquakes 7:20 PM W, 3-0
SKC Cissé Sporting KC 7:40 PM D, 1-1