Sounders soccer stars compete for video game bragging rights at FIFA 19 tournament

Sounders soccer stars compete for video game bragging rights at FIFA 19 tournament

2:37pm, 13th October, 2018
Sounders goalkeepers Bryan Meredith and Stefan Frei battle in a FIFA 19 tournament match at The Ninety in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) There were slick passes, booming shots, big saves, and tough tackles. But this time, Seattle Sounders soccer stars took their competition from the pitch to the game room, duking it out against each other in a FIFA 19 Faceoff. Microsoft hosted the tournament as a way to promote the Sounders new jersey kits advertising Mixer, the company’s game streaming platform that competes with Amazon’s Twitch. The action was live-streamed on . Eight players — Stefan Frei, Nico Lodeiro, Chad Marshall, Bryan Meredith, Lamar Neagle, Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan, and Victor Rodriguez — hung out at The Ninety in Seattle for an afternoon, playing 1-on-1 FIFA games in a single-elimination tournament. Roldan took home the championship, ousting Meredith in the final game. The midfielder has a lot of practice under his belt — in fact, he used to bring his Xbox on the road and play FIFA with Morris in the hotel room. “It’s a better road trip for sure,” Roldan said. We caught up with all eight players to learn more about their video game habits. Definitely check out what Marshall had to say about his poor speed rating. The Sounders wore their Mixer kits during Monday’s 4-1 win over Houston in Seattle. Microsoft uses its jersey sponsorship — which expires at the end of this season — to promote Xbox, and it recently began making special edition kits advertising first-party games like Halo including , , and . In August, it made jerseys touting , the Netflix-like subscription service that charges gamers $9.99 per month in exchange for access to download more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. Microsoft Xbox has been a Sounders jersey sponsor since the team first entered MLS in 2009. The original Sounders jerseys featured “Xbox 360,” but Microsoft has gone with the simple “Xbox” for the past several seasons. The Sounders announced last year that it is working with sports management giant WME | IMG to explore a potential new naming rights sponsor for its jerseys, matchday pitch, and training facility. Sounders winger Victor Rodriguez dons the Mixer jersey kit during Seattle’s 4-1 win over Houston on Monday. (Sounders FC Communications Photo / Charis Wilson)