From a local qualifying tournament to the big stage at PAX East in Boston, 17-year-old Cormac Dooley made a name for himself this weekend battling it out with better known opponents in the gaming world in the first ever eMLS Cup.
The Philadelphia Union representative, an Irishman who moved to West Chester with his family a year ago, took New York City FC’s pro FIFA player Christopher Holly, aka didychrislito, to extra time in a hard fought single-elimination match in the conference semi.
Holly came out on top on an unlucky play for Dooley, aka Doolsta, who advanced to the quarterfinal earlier in the day on Saturday with a 3-2 win over Columbus Crew’s Graham Ellix, aka SKaMzZ1992.
Doolsta’s Union team included two representatives from the actual first team in Haris Medunjanin and Ray Gaddis alongside bigger name players like Paul Pogba, Sergio Ramos, David De Tea and Cristiano Ronaldo.
In a match that would unfortunately resemble the game at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday night, Doolsta fell behind despite controlling possession — and would have gone down two if not for an offside flag — then found an equalizer through Ronaldo to level the score at 1-1.
It was Ronaldo on the NYCFC side whose goal hit the post and went in that sent Holly through to the conference finals, where he faces Montreal Impact representative Lyes Ould-Ramould, aka LyesMTL. FC Dallas gamer Alan Avila (AlanAvi) and Houston Dynamo’s Guillermo Trevino (Kid M3Mito) advanced to the Western Conference final.