MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Friday, Memphis 901 FC will play its first game in the United Soccer League’s eCup: Rocket League Edition against FC Tulsa at 4 p.m. Behind the controls for 901 FC will be midfielder Raul Gonzalez and forward Brandon Allen.
Today, the USL announced that its relationship with ESPN will extend to the esports realm, with the organization becoming the official streaming platform for USL eCup: Rocket League Edition, which will kick off on Wednesday afternoon on the ESPN app and ESPN.com.
“We are excited our first esports venture will be brought to fans on ESPN’s digital platforms,” said USL Sr. Vice President, Digital, Emerging Technology & Strategy Lizzie Seedhouse. “While we can’t wait to see our teams return to action on the field, this tournament will serve as a fun diversion that does a tremendous amount of good in communities across North America.”
The 32-team World Cup-style tournament features clubs from across the USL Championship and League One competing for bragging rights in the digital arena, and will also benefit local charities nominated by each club to receive donations from fans tuned into the broadcasts and the tournament over the next month.
901 FC will be playing on behalf of the Mid-South Food Bank has been placed in group eight along with FC Tulsa, Forward Madison FC and Birmingham Legion FC.
“We are thankful for the opportunity to provide some action for our fans while supporting the efforts of the Mid-South Food Bank,” said 901 FC President Craig Unger.
The ESPN app provides sports fans with exclusive content covering the National Football League, College Football, Major League Soccer and more since its launch. The service will give all fans of the USL and esports with a Pay TV subscription the opportunity to watch every game in the USL eCup: Rocket League Edition.
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