Buck is back! The Colorado Rapids announced on Wednesday the re-signing of Connor Buckley as the club’s competitive eSports player for a second consecutive season. Buckley, who's also a streamer and content creator has an impressive 109,000-plus followers on Twitch, and will represent the club through the 2019 season including eMLS League Series One and Two events as well as at the eMLS Cup presented by PlayStation.
Originally from Tempe, Arizona, Buckley represented the Rapids in the 2018 eMLS Cup and eMLS All-Star Challenge. He battled Rapids players Jack Price and Edgar Castillo in a friendly World Cup FIFA 18 preview. In May, he raised over $3,000 during a 15-hour charity stream on behalf of the “Support the Fords” initiative. Finally, he appeared on Rapids social and digital platforms from Twitch to Twitter and in person during live events and pregame shows.
“Last year working with the Rapids was a dream come true. I loved being a part of the organization and feeling like I was more than just a streamer on Twitch," Buckley said. "I got to work alongside some incredible people, on and off the field, and couldn’t be feeling more grateful that they want me back for another season.”
Buck took up playing soccer at a young age, eventually earning a scholarship to play at Menlo College, a private, four-year institution in Silicon Valley. But despite his impressive performances on the field, it was the digital arena where Buckley found his calling. In 2017, he was captain of “Team Twitch” at the inaugural Kappa Cup in London, England. In addition, Buckley was voted the Red Bull Games FIFA Streamer of the Year in 2017.
eMLS host locations for 2019 competitions
EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series
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.