Cissé leads FC Cincinnati in eMLS League Series 2 presented by Coca-Cola


Qualifiers for 2022 eMLS League Series 2 presented by Coca-Cola begin Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. ET and continue at the same time Wednesday, Jan. 26. All 27 MLS clubs will be represented by their eMLS player competing for the chance at the $20,000 prize pool.

The top-eight competitors from qualifiers advance to the quarterfinals, which begin Saturday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. ET.

Fans can follow twitch.tv/fccincinnati to be notified when FC Cincinnati’s eMLS player Cissé begins the gauntlet of 12 games in two days beginning Tuesday night.

Cissé went 4-5-5 in eMLS League Series 1 to earn 17 points. He finished in 20th place, but just nine points separated him from eighth place and four points separated him from 11th place. The top-11 players between League Series 1 and 2 qualify for eMLS Cup in Austin, Texas beginning March 12.

“Four wins, five losses and five draws, currently 20th in the rankings and four points away from top-11, which is ultimately the goal ahead of eMLS Cup in March,” Cissé said. “I’d like to emphasize on the five draws, a record I hold for most in the league at the moment. If only I was able to convert two-to-three of those draws into three points, a spot in the quarterfinals could’ve been on the table.

“That being said, although misfortune might have played a hand into those draws, I am my biggest critic and hold full accountability for certain mishaps. Even though I feel like the results don’t give an accurate representation of the actual in-game performances, I am feeling confident about my game and abilities, barring a few mistakes. After countless hours of game analysis from League Series 1, I have identified the areas in which I need to improve on to reach the goals I have set for myself and FC Cincinnati. I am continuing to make strides in order to achieve those goals for League Series 2 Qualifiers.

“Make sure to follow FC Cincinnati’s official Twitch channel to get a notification on when we go live and show some support! I would like to thank the club and the fans for their continuous support, and I hope to make you all proud.”

A full list of Cissé’s slate for eMLS League Series 2 Qualifiers is listed below.

Tuesday, Jan. 25

  • Round 1: 6 p.m. – SMATIAS17 (PHI)
  • Round 2: 6:30 p.m. – GOALMACHINE (TOR)
  • Round 3: 7 p.m. – ALEKZANDUR (SKC)
  • Round 4: 7:30 p.m. – ADRIAN (SEA)
  • Round 5: 8 p.m. – XVERDE (ATX)
  • Round 6: 8:30 p.m. – NYC GUSTAVO (NYC)
  • Round 7: 9 p.m. – DOOLSTA (RBNY)

Wednesday, Jan. 26

  • Round 8: 6 p.m. – IMCF PABS (MIA)
  • Round 9: 6:30 p.m. – JOKSAN (NSH)
  • Round 10: 7 p.m. – BYE
  • Round 11: 7:30 p.m. – NTARTAGLIA01 (CLB)
  • Round 12: 8 p.m. – GODFATHER (LA)
  • Round 13: 8:30 p.m. – SAVVY PANDA (LAFC)

About eMLS:

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About FC Cincinnati:

Check out FC Cincinnati's 2022 schedule HERE. 2022's home schedule begins at TQL Stadium when the club hosts D.C. United in the home opener on March 5. Tickets are currently available through Season Ticket Memberships. Fans can get the best tickets at the best price to the best matches all season long, including the home opener, by purchasing season tickets at fccincinnati.com/tickets or by calling 513-977-KICK, that’s 513-977-5425.

Fans can now purchase half-season ticket packages, starting at just $170. The “Orange” pack contains nine matches, including the Hell is Real match vs. the Columbus Crew. The “Blue” pack contains eight matches, including the home opener vs. D.C. United. Single match tickets to any of FC Cincinnati’s 17 home games are available now.

FC Cincinnati begin their fourth season of MLS competition in 2022, and their second playing at TQL Stadium. For up-to-the-minute information about FC Cincinnati, visit the team’s official website at fccincinnati.com, or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati. Additionally, fans are encouraged to download the team’s official mobile app on the Apple App Store or Google Play for instant access to mobile tickets, team content and match notifications.