After a few extra months to hone their skills, the top FIFA 20 players in North America are finally back to to wrap up the eMLS season with the eMLS Cup presented by Coca-Cola and PlayStation.
We know it’s been a while since you've seen eMLS action, so in order to get you ready here are a few things to look out for in the tournament, along with some predictions for how eMLS Cup might play out.
New squad rules
In all previous eMLS tournaments players were allowed to use a mix of Icon (retired soccer legends), Team of the Year, In Form and other special player cards as long as three MLS players were mixed into the squad. This time around at eMLS Cup, the team sheets will look a little different.
With Team of the Season So Far cards released in FIFA 20 back in May, there are 11 new high-rated MLS cards now available for players to use. These include a 96-rated Carlos Vela, a 94-rated Josef Martinez, and a 92-rated Nani. Because of this, all eMLS competitors will be using a full squad of MLS players. Each team will only be allowed a maximum of eight MLS Team of the Season So Far cards in the starting XI, and the remaining three players must be MLS gold, silver or bronze cards.
These changes to the squads will likely shake up the results as most eMLS competitors aren't used to playing with full MLS teams on a day-to-day basis. Given that there are only 11 MLS Team of the Season So Far players available to choose from, most teams will have very similar squads, creating a more level playing field. With no players like Ronaldo, Messi, and Pele, this year's eMLS Cup will truly be unlike any of the previous eMLS events we've seen.
The Last Chance Qualifier
The return of eMLS Cup also marked the return of the Last Chance Qualifier. The bottom half of eMLS competed on Friday prior to eMLS Cup in a separate tournament where Crew96SKamzz of Columbus Crew SC took the 12th and final seed in eMLS Cup in something of an upset. The favorites to make it out included BITW7 of the Chicago Fire, KingCJ0 of D.C. United and Kid M3mito of the Houston Dynamo.