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Toronto FC joined the growing list of MLS clubs to join the burgeoning gaming space, signing Phil Balke as the club’s first eMLS athlete Tuesday.

Balke will represent TFC in the recently announced EA Sports FIFA 18 gaming league, eMLS, and in FIFA tournaments around the world. 

There are currently 19 MLS clubs committed to participating in eMLS in 2018: Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew SC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United FC, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

The first eMLS Cup will take place this April at PAX East in Boston, with the winner earning an automatic berth in the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoff and a chance to become the FIFA 18 World Champion at the FIFA eWorld Cup 18 in August.

Here’s a closer look at TFC’s newest signing and some of the gamers he’ll be competing against:

Phil Balke, Toronto FC

A former soccer player himself, Balke hopes to follow Toronto’s 2017 MLS Cup victory with a title of his own.

The 23-year-old Toronto resident and York University student only got into competitive gaming last year but finished in the top five in North America to qualify for his first live event, a FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series regional final in Miami. After other successful performances, he made it to London as one of 32 finalists at the FIFA Interactive World Cup, saying he “surprised everyone” during his run.

Balke, who recently signed an endorsement deal with Red Bull as one of their esports athletes, came to Canada with his family from Iraq when he was 9 and played semi-pro soccer for the Woodbridge Strikers of League 1 Ontario.

Alan Ortega, San Jose Earthquakes

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Signed by the Quakes on Jan. 25, Ortega is a Stockton, California native who partnered with Twitch in 2017 to become a full time professional gamer. In November of last year, he won the silver medal in the FIFA Twitch Cup.

Ortega has more than 39,000 followers on Twitch, and has used his platform to raise money for charitable efforts close to him. In 2016, he raised upwards of $1,500 with a live stream to help his former student from an after-school program whose mother passed away from cancer. In December 2017, he played FIFA for 30 continuous hours to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, raising more than $4,000 for the organization.

Mike LaBelle, New York Red Bulls

Already a Red Bull athlete, LaBelle is one of the premier content creators in eSports with over 70,000 followers on Twitch and 285,000 on YouTube, and is a top-ranked player worldwide on both Xbox and Playstation. LaBelle is known for his game tutorials where he shares his tips for FIFA success with fans, and he will be creating team-specific content for Red Bulls fans.

A Houston native, LaBelle played college soccer at McMurry University; he has won seven national titles in EA Sports FIFA and represented the United States at the FIFA Interactive World Cup and World Cyber Games, among others. He has also worked as a gaming analyst for Copa90 and Kick TV, and films and produces his own content.

Christopher Holly, NYCFC

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The first eSports signing in MLS, Holly joined NYCFC back in April.

The Hempstead, New York resident was born in the US and grew up in Haiti. He has been playing FIFA for 12 years, getting his start on a PS2 and playing for roughly 25 hours a week.