D.C. United have acquired Renato Zanelli as the club’s first ever official professional eSports athlete to play EA SPORTS FIFA and compete in the 2019 eMLS series. Zanelli, who is an Odenton, Md., native, plays under the name "Renatogz05" and will make his first competitive appearance at the eMLS League Series One on Jan. 22 hosted by the LA Galaxy.
"I am so excited to be joining D.C. United as their first ever eMLS player,” Zanelli, said. "I want to thank the club for giving me this opportunity and I can't wait to represent the Black-and-Red this season!"
eMLS is expanding on all fronts for its second season in 2019, including the addition of D.C. United to the competitive gaming league.
Major League Soccer and EA SPORTS revealed details for the 2019 eMLS season, which will feature 22 teams, including newcomers D.C. United, Atlanta United, and FC Cincinnati and all 19 originals. Each club will vie for the 2019 eMLS Cup presented by PlayStation, to be played on Playstation 4 as the official console.
The calendar is highlighted by the inaugural eMLS League Series presented by PlayStation, comprised of two events: eMLS League Series One, hosted in conjunction with the LA Galaxy in January, and eMLS League Series Two, hosted by FC Dallas in February. Each will include participation from all eMLS professional FIFA players, with prizes awarded for performance in each series. Additionally, performance across the two eMLS League Series events will determine seeding for the 2019 eMLS Cup presented by PlayStation.
eMLS is an Official League Partner of the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series and eMLS players competing in eMLS Cup will receive points for the EA SPORTS Global Series Playoffs. Within the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series, eMLS had six players qualify for the Global Series Playoffs in Amsterdam (behind only the Virtuelle Bundesliga), with Sporting Kansas City’s competitor advancing to the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup in London.
Full Name: Renato Gianpier Zanelli
Twitch Channel: Renatogz05
Hometown: Odenton, Md.
Height: 5’ 7"
Favorite D.C. United Players: Wayne Rooney and Luciano Acosta