Swype debuts MLS-branded, soccer-themed Android keyboards

The popular Android-based Swype keyboard is getting a soccer makeover. Starting today, Swype users will be able to personalize their keyboards with Major League Soccer-branded team themes. Whether you’re a Sounders or Timbers fan, you can now spice up your Swype keyboard with your team’s logo and colors. Aaron Sheedy, VP of Mobile Product at Nuance Communications —… Read More

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The best darn rooftop tailgate party in soccer: Grab your tickets today for GeekWire Sounders Day!

Soccer. Suds. Sounders. It doesn’t get much better than this! Yep, GeekWire Sounders Day is back! Soccer geeks from across the Pacific Northwest will once again congregate on the amazing rooftop deck of EMC/Isilon for an epic tailgate party before the August 20th match against the San Jose Earthquakes. That’s right. This year’s event is… Read More


Microsoft Bing’s prediction technology is 13-0 in the World Cup knockout round

Microsoft Bing’s prediction engine was not impressive in the World Cup group stage, correctly picking 60 percent of the winning teams that advanced. But its performance in the knockout round has been perfect — literally. Bing is 13-0 thus far in the elimination stage of the World Cup, most recently predicting a Germany win over Brazil (The Germans ended… Read More


How the Sounders use wearables to improve soccer player fitness, with help from Tableau

With most sports, a healthy body is essential to success. That’s certainly true in soccer, where players run around the pitch for nearly 10 miles per match and make a series of sprints that require tip-top physical health. To help ensure that its players are performing to the best of their ability, the Seattle Sounders FC uses a unique… Read More


U.S. vs. Germany match sets another ESPN streaming record with 1.7M viewers

Another huge U.S. soccer match, another ESPN online streaming record. There were more than 1.7 million concurrent viewers using WatchESPN during today’s U.S. vs. Germany World Cup match, breaking a previous record that was set during the last U.S. match against Portugal. The huge amount of viewers caused several connection issues for soccer fans: WatchESPN app has crashed for… Read More

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World Cup record: U.S. vs. Portugal match was ESPN’s most-streamed event ever

Soccer and streaming seem to go well together. ESPN announced today that Sunday’s thrilling roller-coaster World Cup match between the U.S. and Portugal set a new record with 1.37 million viewers who streamed the event online via WatchESPN. That broke a record which was previously set just nine days earlier, when 1.1 million viewers streamed the opening match… Read More

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How to watch the World Cup for free online, without a cable subscription

Every four years, for one month, soccer fans around the globe crowd around a TV to watch all the exciting matches happening on the World Cup pitch. Nowadays, though, TVs aren’t the only way to catch all the fútbol action — streaming video online lets us enjoy the tournament while in front of a computer, or on the go with our mobile devices. This… Read More


X2 Biosystems raising $9.5M, partners with Major League Soccer for concussion software

Concussions suffered by athletes is a serious issue and one company from Seattle is on a mission to help curb the dangerous problem. X2 Biosystems has been quietly pushing forward with its concussion-preventing technology and today announced a new partnership with Major League Soccer. The MLS will begin using X2 Biosystems’ cloud-based ICE software, which provides… Read More

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Microsoft, ESPN team up for slick World Cup website

Microsoft is getting in the World Cup spirit. Soccer — er, fútbol — fans will like a slick new website built by ESPN and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team that just launched this morning. ESPN FC World Cup Essentials features a one-stop shop for this month’s highly-anticipated competition, complete with detailed information for all 32 teams and a bevy of… Read More

Microsoft is in talks to purchase the naming rights to Real Madrid's home stadium, the Santiago Bernabeu. Photo via Flickr user

Microsoft in discussions to buy Real Madrid’s soccer stadium naming rights

It’s certainly early in the discussion, but talks are underway between Microsoft and the Real Madrid soccer club over naming rights to the team’s famous Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Speaking with Spanish television channel Antena 3, Microsoft España president María Garaña said that the Redmond-based software giant is indeed one of the candidates in the running to own… Read More