TAMPA, Fla. – The 32 USL Championship and League One clubs taking part in the USL eCup: FIFA20 Edition learned their international squads and opening-round matchups for the Play-In Bracket on Friday afternoon, highlighted by fascinating matchups in the opening week of action.
Highlighting the matchups is a battle between Black Gold Derby rivals OKC Energy FC and FC Tulsa, who will square off in the digital arena for the first time on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET. The contest will also bring back potential memories from previous editions of FIFA World Cup, with Energy FC playing as Portugal and FC Tulsa as the United States.
Another notable opening-round clash comes between Phoenix Rising FC – which will play as the Netherlands – and Orange County SC – which will play as Cameroon – with the winner of that contest set to meet the winner of USL eCup: Rocket League Edition champion FC Tucson (Czech Republic) and Rio Grande Valley FC for a place in the Quarterfinals.
Six new teams will enter the arena for the USL eCup: FIFA20 edition, with the Championship’s Tampa Bay Rowdies (Colombia) drawing USL League One’s Union Omaha (Norway) in its opening game and the Charlotte Independence (Germany) facing Louisville City FC (Wales) to kick things off. Also competing for the first time are LA Galaxy II (Sweden), Miami FC (England), New England Revolution II (Russia) and Sacramento Republic FC (Mexico).
The tournament’s Play-In Bracket will run between Monday, May 4 and Friday, May 8, with a complete schedule available soon on the USL eCup: FIFA20 Edition’s official webpage.
Following the initial bracket, 12 teams will be placed in Division A and Division B with the remaining eight being placed in Division C, with the winning teams in the Round of 16 and four teams to advance from the loser’s bracket to make up the top flight. Seeding for the divisional brackets that will make up the remainder of the competition will be determined by the previous week of action.
At the end of Week 2, the four teams that advance to the Semifinals in both Division B and Division C will earn promotion to Division A and Division B respectively, while the four teams that are eliminated in the Play-In Round of the bracket in Division A and Division B will be relegated to the division below.
Additionally, points will be earned each week by the clubs that claim victory in their respective brackets. The top eight teams in the opening week’s bracket will earn between 1,000 and 200 points based on their respective finishes. Following that, 1,000 points will to the weekly champion in Division A, 500 points to the winner of Division B and 250 points to the winner of Division C. Each of the top four teams in each Division will receive points toward their overall total, while teams that are relegated will be deducted points in the overall standings.
The club that finishes with the most cumulative points at the end of the six weeks of competition will be crowned the overall winner of the USL eCup: FIFA20 Edition.