Giuseppe Guastella is the LA Galaxy's first-ever eSports player

The LA Galaxy have signed Giuseppe Guastella as the club’s first-ever eSports athlete, the club announced today. Guastella, a five-time FIFA Interactive World Championship (FIWC) finalist and FIFA Americas champion, is a product of San Pedro, California, and will play under the gamer tag xGGGodfatherx.

“We are thrilled to sign a player of Giuseppe’s caliber,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “He has proven himself to be a top eSports player and his success makes him an excellent choice to be the first-ever eSports athlete to represent the LA Galaxy. We are extremely excited to have Giuseppe join our team and look forward to playing for our club.”

Giuseppe “xGGGodfatherx” Guastella is one of the world’s top FIFA competitive players. The American started playing FIFA as an eight-year-old and entered the competitive FIFA scene in 2009. Since then, the 32-year-old has produced a prolific competitive career, including winning the 2009 FIFA Interactive World North American Championship and a top four finish at the 2012 FIWC in Dubai. Additionally, he won the North American championship at the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game and was crowned FUT Champion in Vancouver.

“It’s a great honor to be the first FIFA eSport player to represent the best club in the MLS,” said Guastella.

Fans can follow the Galaxy’s newest signing on Twitter and Instagram under the handle @Guastella11.

Last week, MLS launched eMLS, a new competitive league for EA Sports FIFA 18. 19 MLS teams will participate, with each team selecting a FIFA player to represent them in competition. The first eMLS Cup will take place this April at PAX East in Boston. The winner will get an automatic berth in the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoff and a chance to become the FIFA 18 World Champion at the FIFA eWorld Cup 18 in August.