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What to watch for: eMLS season begins with League Series One

The 2020 eMLS season begins this week when some of the top EA Sports FIFA players in North America gather in Philadelphia for League Series One presented by PlayStation. Chicago Fire FC will be represented by Enrique Espinoza, a Chicago-based gamer entering his second season with the Club after advancing to the knockout stages of the eMLS Cup a year ago.

If you're new to the eMLS or competitive gaming scenes, or you just want the latest information on how to watch and attend the event, we've got you covered.

What is League Series One and how does it work?

League Series One is the first of three eMLS tournaments that will take place in 2020, followed by League Series Two in February and eMLS Cup in March. Players from 25 MLS teams (including 2021 expansion side Austin FC) will compete to be crowned League Series One champion as well as for points in the 2020 eMLS standings. The League Series One winner will also receive a $7,500 cash prize.

All 25 players will play 12 games during the regular-season portion of the event, which will take place throughout the day on Thursday, Jan. 9 (10 am–5:30 pm ET) and will not be streamed. The top eight overall players (regardless of conference) will qualify for the live-stream portion of the event on Friday, Jan. 10 (6 pm–10:30 pm ET), with the host club (in this case the Philadelphia Union) guaranteed a place on the live stream no matter their player's result.

How to watch and follow?

The entirety of Friday's event will be live streamed on Twitch and Twitter, as well as on MLSsoccer.com and the MLS mobile app.

In addition to the live stream, fans can follow the results of their team's player and get up-to-date standings for both Thursday's non-streamed games (10 am–5 pm ET) and Friday's main event. Be sure to bookmark these pages if you want the latest on how Espinoza is doing: