The first Chicago Fire action of the new year kicks off this week as Guillermo Treviño, aka Kid M3mito, competes in eMLS League Series One.
League Series One is the first of three eMLS tournaments in 2021 and begins with two weeks of qualifying matches before a seeded knockout bracket crowns a champion on January 17. Here's how the gameplay will work and how to follow along with all the action.
This year's competition will be bigger than ever, with 27 clubs participating with the addition of Inter Miami CF and St. Louis City SC.
Each player will compete in a slate of 14 single-leg qualifying matches, which are set for January 5-6 and 12-13. Competitors will earn three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss. These qualifying matches also count toward the overall season standings, which determine which competitors advance to the eMLS Cup Playoffs in March.
The qualifying matches will not be streamed publicly, but results will be shared in real time on the eMLS standings page. You can also follow Kid M3mito on Twitter @KidM3mito and Instagram and Twitch @Kid_M3mito.
The full game-by-game schedule for League Series One qualifying can be found here.
Following the 14 qualifying matches, the top eight players will advance to the two-leg League Series One Tournament, taking place January 16-17.
The prize pool for League Series One is $15,000, with first place taking home $7,500.