Earthquakes Announce eMLS 2024 Season Information

BenR WIde

SAN JOSE, Calif. The San Jose Earthquakes announced important information ahead of the 2024 eMLS season.

Ben Remez, known by gamertag “BENR”, will return for a fourth season as the club’s official eMLS competitor for 2024. Remez will represent the Quakes in Major League Soccer’s EA Sports FIFA League and compete against 29 other representatives from MLS clubs. Remez, 22, is a resident of Sunnyvale, California. 

“I’m excited to represent the Earthquakes for the 2024 eMLS season,” said Remez. “It’s an honor to return for my fourth year competing for my hometown club. My goal is to earn top rankings for the club and to win the eMLS Cup title.”

Major League Soccer (MLS) and EA SPORTS FC Pro today revealed details for the upcoming eMLS 2024 season, which includes a new competitive platform and players for 22 clubs that represent the global growth of the league. The eMLS 2024 season marks the debut of EA SPORTS FC™ 24 as the exclusive platform for all eMLS matches and its inaugural season as part of a new era of esports with FC Pro. The competitive calendar will feature two marquee League Series events in February and March, concluding with the eMLS Cup on March 10 in Austin.

“eMLS is excited to welcome new faces and have some of the world’s best return for the 2024 season,” said Jesse Perl, MLS VP of Brand Marketing. “Partnering with EA SPORTS FC Pro to bring the highest level of esports competition to North America is an important part of how MLS lives in culture and reaches our young, multicultural fans outside of the traditional gameday.”

The remote qualifiers and group stages of each League Series will be featured on each MLS club’s or player’s Twitch and YouTube channel, and fans can watch each event’s bracket on Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/mls) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/mls). Each league broadcast will showcase the top 12 remaining players and enhanced coverage for fans. The top two players within the eMLS Cup get direct bids to the FC Pro World Championship.

The season format will be as follows:

  • eMLS League Series 1: The 2024 season kicks off on Feb. 16 with remote qualifiers followed by the group stage on Feb. 17 and bracket final on Feb. 18.
  • eMLS League Series 2: The season continues March 1 with remote qualifiers, the group stage on March 2 and bracket final on March 3.
  • eMLS Cup: The season will conclude in Austin, with the group stage on March 9 and the fan-facing live bracket final on March 10.

eMLS is excited to bring back an all-star commentary crew, including host Faizal Khamisa, play-by-play announcer and reigning Esports Awards Caster of the Year Dan Gaskin, and commentator Mike Labelle.

“It’s exciting to welcome eMLS to EA SPORTS FC Pro,” said Sam Turkbas, Senior Director & Commissioner, Football Esports, Electronic Arts. “eMLS League Series and Cup format deliver exciting action to viewers throughout their season, expanding fandom and interaction with MLS clubs through EA SPORTS FC. We are looking forward to hosting the eMLS Champion and runner-up at our inaugural FC Pro World Championship this year.”

Since the start of eMLS in 2018, the esports league continues to see annual increases in viewership and digital engagement. The 2024 season features a roster of notable partners, including TikTok, DoorDash, EA SPORTS and Avant.

All participating clubs have signed top talent including those listed below.

  • Atlanta United: Paulo “Paulo Neto” Neto
  • Austin FC: Diogo "Diogo" Mendes
  • CF Montréal: Alix “Loux” Largerie
  • Charlotte FC: Gustavo “Gustavo” Nascimento
  • Columbus Crew: Christian “Chris Lopez” Lopez
  • FC Dallas: Alan “AlanAvi” Avila
  • D.C. United: Mohamed “KingCJ0” Diop
  • FC Dallas: Alan “AlanAvi” Avila
  • Houston Dynamo FC: Jordy “JordyReyes” Reyes
  • Inter Miami CF: June “K1john” Kamel
  • Los Angeles Football Club: Pablo “Pabs” Georgakopoulos
  • Minnesota United: Ehsan “Lamps” Zakeri
  • Nashville SC: Samuel “SaucySammy” Abraham
  • New England Revolution: João Afonso “JAFONSO” Vasconcelos
  • New York City FC: Ollie “Ollelito” Arbin
  • New York Red Bulls: Cormac “doolsta” Dooley
  • Orlando City SC: Youssef “yaboyoussef“ Aboyoussef
  • Philadelphia Union: Thiago Martin “ThiagoCapo12” Vazquez
  • San Jose Earthquakes: Ben “BENR” Remez
  • Seattle Sounders FC: George “GADAMOU10” Adamou
  • St. Louis CITY SC: Niklas “NR7” Raseck
  • Toronto FC: Christopher “Didychrislito” Holly
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: Tosaint “eightysvn” Ricketts

About eMLS:

eMLS is the gaming and esports property of Major League Soccer. Built around the EA SPORTS™ FC franchise, its goal is to utilize gaming to reach global audiences, raise the profile of MLS, and grow its next generation of fans. eMLS has grown from 19 MLS clubs in 2018 to 22 clubs participating in the upcoming 2024 season. For more information, visit www.mlssoccer.com/eMLS.

About Major League Soccer:

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer -- celebrating its 29th season in 2024 -- features 30 clubs throughout the United States and Canada, including a new expansion team in San Diego that will debut in 2025. All MLS, Leagues Cup, and select MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT matches can be watched through MLS Season Pass, available on the Apple TV app on Apple devices, smart TVs, streaming devices, set-top boxes, and game consoles, and the web at tv.apple.com. MLS Season Pass features the most expansive and accessible lineup of programming ever for MLS fans. For more information about MLS, visit mlssoccer.com. For more information about the Apple TV app, visit apple.com/apple-tv-app.

About Electronic Arts:

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company develops and delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, mobile devices and personal computers.

In fiscal year 2023, EA posted GAAP net revenue of approximately $7.4 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality brands such as EA SPORTS FC™, Battlefield™, Apex Legends™, The Sims™, Madden NFL, Need for Speed™, Titanfall™, Plants vs. Zombies™ and F1®. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.

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