The 2022 eMLS Cup presented by Coca-Cola gets underway this weekend in Austin, Texas at the SXSW Festival and eMLS competitor Edgar "RCTID Thiago" Guerrero and content creator Leah Revelle will be there.
After League Series 1 and 2 were both played remotely, eMLS Cup marks the return of in-person play for the first time in two years. Following the League Series tournaments, RCTID Thiago sat in 19th place in the 27-player full league table. The top 11 players qualified for Sunday's eMLS Cup tournament – more on that below – but RCTID Thiago and the remaining 16 players will compete in the eMLS Last Chance Qualifier tournament on Saturday, March 12 at Austin FC's Q2 Stadium.
eMLS Last Chance Qualifier
Format: The bottom 16 ranked eMLS players in cumulative season points compete in the eMLS Last Chance Qualifier. The 16 players will be split into four groups.
RCTID_Thiago is in Group A with New York City FC’s NYC Gustavo, New England’s YounggCarter and Vancouver Whitecaps FC's exraa.
Group Stage: Round-robin group stage play with each player playing every player in their group twice (total of six games per player). Each match will be one leg. The top two (2) players in each group advance to the bracket stage.
Bracket Stage: Eight (8) players, the top (2) from each group, compete in a single elimination bracket. Each match will be one leg.
The winner of the eMLS Last Chance Qualifier advances to Sunday’s eMLS Cup as the 12th seed.
The 2022 eMLS Cup is set for 12pm PT this Sunday, March 13, at the historic Austin City Limits Live in Austin, Texas as an official event of SXSW.
WATCH: Fans can tune into the 2022 eMLS Cup on the official MLS Twitch and Twitter channels. This year’s edition will feature squad streaming for the opening rounds, allowing viewers to view up to four matches at once.
Additionally, Portland Timbers EA SPORTS FIFA content creator and gamer Leah Revelle will be streaming on site at ACL Live in Austin hosting a watch party along side other FIFA personalities including Chicago Fire's CHI_Kacee and more. Be sure to tune in on her Twitch channel Sunday.
REGISTER: Are you in Austin? The event at SXSW is free and open to fans of all ages. Sign up at www.universe.com/eMLSCup
What’s at stake?
At eMLS Cup, North America’s top 12 EA SPORTS FIFA competitors – each representing an MLS club – will compete on the main stage of ACL Live for the final trophy of the eMLS season and the lion’s share of a $35,000 prize pool.
The top three finishers at eMLS Cup will earn direct invites to the EA SPORTS FIFA 22 Global Series Playoffs (FGS), where they’ll have a chance to further compete on an international stage to become the best EA SPORTS FIFA player in the world. Games will be played exclusively on PlayStation 5 consoles.
Live viewership rewards
Can't make it to Texas? Watch eMLS Cup on Saturday, March 13 at 12 PM PT on Twitch.tv and you could earn a set of great FIFA Ultimate Team rewards.
Link your EA and Twitch accounts, watch the stream for at least 90 minutes and you will receive the eMLS Crest, an FGS Player Token, and the eMLS Tifo in your FUT Account. Once you have collected one token, you will be able to redeem it for FUT rewards in-game.