Portland Timbers will select professional gamer to represent them in eMLS league

FILE - In this April 22, 2017, file photo, Portland Timbers' Diego Valeri, foreground, lines up a shot during an MLS soccer game against the Vancouver Whitecaps, in Portland, Ore. Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri has been named Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player. The 31-year-old native of Argentina had 21 goals and 11 assists this season for Portland, which finished atop the Western Conference. He is the first midfielder in league history with 20 or more goals in a single season and just the second player with at least 20 goals and 10 assists in a single season. His 32 combined goals and assists rank fifth in MLS history.(Pete Christopher/The Oregonian via AP, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers are one of 19 Major League Soccer teams partnering with EA Sports to create an eSport, also known as eMLS, team.

Each team participating in the eMLS will select just one professional gamer to represent them.

The 19 players from the United States and Canada will be vying for a chance to become world champions, according to the Timbers.

The teams will compete in an eMLS cup during PAX East 2018 in April at Boston’s Convention and Exhibition Center. This event will determine the qualifiers for the FIFA eWorld Cup, which will take place in August.

Other teams joining the Timbers in the league include Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew SC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United FC, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Fans can follow the Timbers in eMLS competition as they compete for the eMLS Cup.

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