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Super Bowl winner gets demolished in pro eMLS FIFA debut

Published: 10/Jan/2020 0:00

by Isaac McIntyre


He may have won the Super Bowl, and shone at the NFL Pro Bowl to boot, but FIFA-convert Jay Ajayi may have a ways to go before he’s fully up to scratch in the eMLS, after his debut esports weekend saw him finish with a 0–12 record.

Ajayi’s NFL championship came after he was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Eagles, where he immediately provided major impact at running back on the Philadelphia franchise’s path to their first-ever Super Bowl victory.

Things haven’t gone so well right off the bat for Ajayi in his conversion to esports, however, with the London-born athlete on the receiving end of some pretty nasty defeats. In the end, the Union recruit couldn’t manage a win in his opening day.

Philadelphia UnionAjayi struggled to adapt to the high-level pro FIFA is played at, and copped twelve consecutive Ls in his first day.

Ajayi’s eMLS campaign started with a 5–1 thrashing at the hands of KingCJ0. After the four-goal loss, the NFL star suggested “things always start small,” and pointed to his goal with Ronaldinho as a building block for a “stronger” run.

Unfortunately, while the Union recruit had held faith he could right the ship, it seemed his troubles were only beginning. Even swapping his team, and bringing in Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho couldn’t fix his leaking defense.

In the end, Ajayi just couldn’t seem to find his rhythm. He scored 11 goals in his 12 outings, which was an encouraging sign, but no matter what he did in defense he struggled to keep out his pro rivals, and ended the day with 72 goals conceded.

eMLSAjayi’s initial squad for the tournament. eMLS competitors have to include at least three North American league players.

His twelve-game run wasn’t the end of his first days as an esports star, however. Due to Philadelphia hosting the event, and Ajayi playing as the Union’s rep, he was gifted a bye straight into the live-streamed final eight playoffs.

The finals showdown will be played during the comp’s Friday night stream, and Ajayi is set to face New York’s Chris ‘didychrislito’ Holly. The City star dominated the first day of the league, winning nine, drawing two, and scoring 38 in the process.

“Catch me tomorrow on the livestream for the eMLS tournament, stay tuned, I’m going to have some things for you to watch… hopefully, we get some wins, check it out,” the Union’s star signing said after his twelfth defeat of the day.

Philadelphia UnionThe NFL champ will have one final chance to prove himself in his first tournament after begin gifted a host-bye to the final eight.

It’s almost hard to watch Ajayi struggle for results, considering he spoke about his “passion” for the game and the sport ahead of his debut. He’s got time to improve, however, with League Two and the eMLS Cup ahead.

For now, it seems like he just has to put some time in on the sticks. His official signing announcement came just days before the first tournament, so he may still be settling into the esports routine after his high-profile switch.

And, if nothing seems to get better as he continues to play, he may consider getting back out on the paddock and trialing with a few NFL teams for the 2020 season. He’s always got that to fall back on, at least.


How to complete Alessandrini Flashback SBC in FIFA 21: solutions & cost

Published: 28/Nov/2020 18:44 Updated: 28/Nov/2020 20:29

by Bill Cooney


A new Flashback SBC is available in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team for French Winger Romain Alessandrini, celebrating his goal-studded 2017-2018 seasons for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

SBC’s are a great way to fill out your card collection in FUT, and if you’re in need of something new on the outside, Alessandrini might be just the man you’re looking for.

Now playing for Chinese Super League team Qingdao Huanghai, the Winger notched two of the best seasons in his career while playing for the LA Galaxy in the MLS (13 goals in 2017 & 11 in 2018), which this new Flashback card harkens back to.

Fans who played Ultimate Team in FIFA 18 will remember how good the Frenchman’s cards were – almost everyone had either his first or second In-Form on their bench as a super-sub, and his nationality made it easier to even start him, for those who wanted to.

Alessandrini FIFA 21 Flashback card in-game stats

Alessandrini Stats
Stats for Alessandrini’s Flashback SBC in FIFA 21.

To start off, just check out that 92 Pace on an 85 OVR card. You really couldn’t ask for anything better with 91 Sprint Speed and 93 Acceleration. Shooting, Passing, and Dribbling also all clock in at high to mid-80s as well.

Defending and Physicality are his weak points, but the good news is that there’s only one single challenge you have to knock out in order to wrap up this SBC and grab the fleet-footed Frenchman’s new card for yourself.

Alessandrini Flashback SBC requirements, solutions, cost.

Altogether these tasks should run you around 92,000 to about 105,000 FUT Coins to complete, which isn’t too shabby at all considering the Acceleration and Sprint Speed stats he’s packing. The full requirements are listed below:

Romain Alessandrini

  • Number of players from France: Min 1
  • IF Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 85
  • Team Chemistry: Min 70
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11

Below are a couple of the cheapest solutions we’ve found to this Flashback SBC, and to make things even easier they don’t require any loyalty to complete.

Alessandrini Flashback Solution 1

Alessandrini Flashback SBC solution 1
A cheap solution to Alessandrini’s Flashback SBC in FIFA 21.

Alessandrini Flashback Solution 2

Alessandrini Flashback SBC solution 2
Another cheap solution to Alessandrini’s Flashback SBC in FIFA 21.

Now that you know all there is to know about how to knock this SBC out, the only question left is: is it worth it? Looking at the stats alone, especially that 92 Pace, we’d definitely say this SBC is worthwhile if you can afford to complete it.

If you can muster up the coinage prior to the challenge expiring on Friday, December 4, then definitely look into it because this could be a highly-coveted super-sub that you can’t get your hands on later.

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