The United Soccer League (USL) has extended its relationship with ESPN to the esports realm, with the organization becoming the official streaming platform for the inaugural USL eCup: Rocket League Edition, which kicked off Wednesday on the ESPN app and ESPN.com.
Indy Eleven is helping the USL lead the way using esports gaming opportunities and has been one of the early adopters to these unique opportunities to engage fans throughout the USL ecosystem.
“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. Indy Eleven is represented in the tournament by goalkeeper Jordan Farr, who is captaining a squad that includes longtime Eleven supporters Chad Irvine and Caleb Ramp as alternates.
The three-game Group Stage schedule for Farr & Co. is as follows:
Friday, April 3, at 3:00 p.m. vs. Las Vegas Lights FC
Tuesday, April 7, at 6:00 p.m. vs. FC Tucson
Friday, April 10, at 2:00 p.m. vs. Greenville Triumph FC
For all things USL eCup: Rocket League, including the full tournament schedule, results, highlights, and links to live streams via ESPN’s digital platforms and archived Twitch broadcasts, visit the competition’s online home, www.uslchampionship.com/ecup.
The USL eCup: Rocket League tournament will also benefit charities nominated by clubs and participants to receive donations from fans tuned into the broadcasts and the tournament over the next month. Farr has nominated Agape International Missions as his charity; find out more about AIM’s mission to combat human trafficking and make a donation at agapewebsite.org.
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.
USL on ESPN Game of the Week broadcast team Mike Watts (PBP) and Devon Kerr (Color) will provide commentary for every game of the tournament. The tournament’s broadcasts will be produced by USL Productions, the league’s state-of-the-art broadcast production, broadcast and distribution facilities with VISTA Worldlink in south Florida.