Match Fit USA, Ginge Talks the Footy, and the CSRN family announces the first ever Twitterverse Players League, a competition to crown a single king of the American soccer and MLS Twitter community.
Listed below are thirty-two of the Twitterverse's elite soccer players; they are Americans, MLS players, former MLS players, current stars, future stars, and emerging talents. Through Twitter, they interact with their fans, play pranks on their teammates, share their thoughts, criticize officials (only once, but it happened), and engender massive support thanks to direct communication with the world at large.
The thirty-two TPL competitors have been seeded and places in pots based on their current number of followers; Pot 1 contains the most followed, and Pot 8 the least. Eight groups of four will be created from this group, every group with a player from each of the four pots.
Then the fun begins. You, the fan, will vote for your favorite tweeting player; group stage voting will last a week, when the top two players from the group will go on to the Round of 16. Want to see a player from your club or national team go through? Push them on Twitter, Facebook, message boards, etc. Voting isn't enough, you've got to work to get your guy through. The competition will be fierce, and upsets will be difficult, but will a little effort they just might be possible.
Besides, there's actually incentive for you to spread the word and campaign on your player's behalf:
Everyone that tweets the link to the voting and spreads the word for their player with the hashtag #TPL in the tweet will be automatically entered in a drawing for fabulous prizes, including scarves from the good people at Ruffneck, the official scarf supplier of Major League Soccer, as well as free months of Setanta-i.
Not on Twitter? Sign up now and follow the players below; Twitter is a great way to connect with fans of the beautiful game, and keep up with some of soccer's biggest names.
The draw is set for Friday, and will be held via a live audio stream at both MFUSA and Ginge Talks the Footy starting at 8 pm EDT. Following along as the first edition of the Twitterverse Players League gets fired up!
*UPDATE* Just to clear up any confusion, voting begins after the groups are set through the draw on Friday. Polls will be set up for each group, and you'll be able to vote for the player of your choice.