Twitterverse Players League

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | View Comments

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.


Jozy Altidore
Freddy Adu
Charlie Davies
Maurice Edu
Stuart Holden
Brian Ching
Sacha Kljestan
Danny Dichio


Brad Guzan
Dwayne DeRosario
Giuseppe Rossi
Robbie Rogers

Bobby Boswell
Rohann Ricketts
Taylor Twellman
Alecko Eskandarion


Brian Namoff
Michael Chabala
Kei Kamara
Danny Cruz

Carl Robinson
Edson Buddle
Jim Brennan
Lee Nguyen


Joe Cannon
Brian Jordan
Chris Tierney
Vincenzo Bernardo

Bobby Rhine
Hunter Freeman
Brad Knighton
Taylor Graham

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!

Any questions?

*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.
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