WASHINGTON, D.C. – D.C. United have today announced that the club have re-signed eMLS star Mohamed “KingCJ0” Alioune Diop. Diop, an Arlington, Va., native, originally signed with D.C. United in 2020 as the club’s second official professional eSports athlete to compete in the eMLS series.
“I’m honored and humbled to re-sign with D.C. United as their official eSports player,” Diop said. “Representing the Black-and-Red on the global eSports stage brings me tremendous pride and I want to thank the club for giving me this opportunity. Vamos United!”
The five-time North American Champion has flourished in his three seasons with D.C. United, finishing in the top three of the 2022 eMLS Regular Season standings and runner-up of the 2022 eMLS Cup. Now entering his fourth year with the club, Diop is the only North American player to qualify for NGS, eClub, and eNations playoffs.
“D.C. United are ecstatic to bring back Mohamed Alioune Diop for another season with the Black-and-Red,” said Lisa Franklin, Chief Marketing Officer, D.C. United. “The eSports industry is enjoying rapid growth, popularity, as well as innovation and is primed to help reshape the ways we view live entertainment. Our club is committed to growth on and off the pitch and we are looking forward to continuing to grow and invest in this area. King CJ has been a vital part of our growth in the gaming industry, represented our club with tremendous success, and we couldn’t be happier to re-sign him.”
The eMLS 2024 season marks the debut of EA SPORTS FC™ 24 as the exclusive platform for all eMLS matches and its inaugural season as part of a new era of football esports with FC Pro. The competitive calendar will feature two marquee League Series events in February and March, concluding with the eMLS Cup on March 10 in Austin during South by Southwest (SXSW). The season format will be as follows:
eMLS League Series 1: The 2024 season kicks off on Feb. 16 with remote qualifiers followed by the group stage on Feb. 17 and bracket final on Feb. 18.
eMLS League Series 2: The season continues March 1 with remote qualifiers, the group stage on March 2 and bracket final on March 3.
eMLS Cup: The season will conclude in Austin at SXSW, with the group stage on March 9 and the fan-facing live bracket final on March 10 at ACL Live.
Full Name: Mohamed Alioune Diop