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Ben Solomon

eMLS: What is eMLS Cup?

New York Red Bulls eMLS player Mike LaBelle is heading to PAX East to play in the inaugural eMLS Cup from Thursday, April 5 through Sunday, April 8.

LaBelle is one of 19 players from clubs across Major League Soccer heading up to Boston vying for a ticket for the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.

Players will be divided into the 10 clubs in the Eastern Conference and nine in the Western Conference. Competitors will select their squad of 11 starting players, seven bench players and five reserve players. LaBelle will need to start and play three players from MLS on his squad, with at least two Red Bulls on the pitch on all times.

The preliminary rounds begin on Thursday and Friday, April 5 and 6 at the eMLS HQ, with knockout rounds on April 7 and the Conference Championships and eMLS Cup Final on April 8. Saturday and Sunday's matches will be held on the PAX Arena main stage and livestreamed through the conference's Twitch channel -- twitch.tv/paxarena -- as well as via MLS, including MLSsoccer.com.

The eMLS Cup finalists will win berths in the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup.

The top 32 competitors in the Global Series Playoffs will advance to the FIFA eWorld Cup in August, where the winner will be crowned the undisputed FIFA 18 World Champion.

The Red Bulls have launched our own Twitch channel at twitch.tv/newyorkredbulls, which you can follow for future livestreams from LaBelle and Red Bulls players.

For more on the event at PAX East, eMLS Cup and more, check out MLSSoccer.com.