You’re Invited: Preview the new Seattle Sounders FC app

Attention Seattle Sounders FC fans: just in time for the playoffs, the Sounders are launching their official Windows Phone App! They’re celebrating by offering Sounders and Windows Phone fans a sneak preview of the app this weekend and giving away 25 phones during their Seattle viewing party (details below). The Windows Phone Sounders FC app officially launches Monday, October 31, but you can have it on your phone in time for this weekend’s match simply by clicking here.

Warming up with the app

The Sounders FC app has everything you need to support the team. Pin the app to the Start screen and the app’s Live Tile displays the date, time and opponent for the next match. Open the app and you’ll find team news, schedules (League, Cup, etc.), video highlights, player bios, match previews— even stadium and ticket info. For fans on the go, the app has a live audio stream of Sounders games featuring play-by-play from broadcaster Arlo White.

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Half the fun of following a team is connecting with fellow fans, and the app offers some great social features. A live polling feature called “The Pulse” shows a real-time measurement of fan confidence. For instance, if the Sounders are playing well, expect fan confidence to be “Scarves Up”. On the flip side, if they aren’t playing so hot (rarely happens), its likely more fans will be voting “Scarves Down”. The app also has a live social media feed from featured Sounders players like Kasey Keller and Fredy Montero, and the team’s key supporter groups.

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And my personal favorite feature… with a quick shake of the phone, a Yellow Card appears and you can show the opposing team (or your spouse) how you feel about them. Another quick swipe and you can show them a red card. I don’t recommend showing your spouse the red.

Let’s party and watch the game together!

Now, about that party.  Join the Sounders, Pop (superb developers of the official Sounders app) and me (@tmcdowd), @bencke and @caseyamcgee from the Windows Phone team at Kells Irish Pub in Seattle on Saturday, October 29 to watch the Sounders playoff game at Real Salt Lake. First kick is at 7pm PST, but we’ll be giving demos of the app starting at 6:30pm and providing fans a chance to win Windows Phones.

Home with the kids or supporting the team from afar? No problem. If you can’t make the party, just tweet why you like Windows Phone and the Sounders to #WPSEA for a chance to win a Windows Phone.

Go Sounders!

Tim is a new contributor to the Windows Phone blog and the resident sports maniac. He’ll be looking out for cool games and more great sports apps for you.