Atlanta United have completed the signing of Hugo Hernandez as the club’s first eMLS competitor.
The Major League Soccer outfit today announced it has joined the league’s eMLS programme and signed Hugo Hernandez, known as ‘ratedhugo’, as its first e-sports player.
Hugo will represent United at eMLS and FIFA 19 gaming competitions.
“Competing in eMLS has been an objective for our club for a while and we could not be more excited to welcome Hugo as our first eMLS competitor,” said Atlanta United’s vice president of business operations Catie Griggs, according to the club’s official website.
“We are excited about the opportunity to engage new and existing fans via esports and are thrilled to have Hugo representing our club.”
The 25-year-old was signed up by Atlanta United following a number of standout performances in several FIFA e-tournaments in the city.
Hugo first popped up on Atlanta’s radar after reaching the finals and the semifinals in the two qualifiers for the eMLS All-Star competition held in the city of Atlanta.
He cemented his place as Atlanta’s first esports competitor with a strong showing during MLS’s FIFA 19 launch event in Atlanta two months ago, which provided a perfect chance for United to find its first eMLS player.
Hugo, who is a native of Tennessee has achieved a top-100 rating in the game of FIFA while attracting more than 17,000 followers on the Twitch social media platform.
He started playing FIFA more than a decade ago and started competing in actively at the start of 2017.
“I don’t have the words to describe how excited I am,” said Hugo.
“It is an amazing feeling to represent the biggest team in MLS and I feel really honored.”