This has got to be one of the more depressing product launches in Seattle tech and sports history. The Seattle Sounders picked Saturday night’s playoff game to unveil the team’s new Windows Phone 7 application, showcasing features such as team statistics, digital yellow cards and live game audio.
But for anyone who caught the atrocious 3-0 drubbing of the Sounders by Real Salt Lake, this is one game you’d have been better off just skipping.
The Sounders hosted a launch and playoff game-viewing party at Kells Irish Pub near Pike Place Market on Saturday night. As a big-time Sounders’ fan, I was invited.
But I chose to watch the misery on my own.
The team now returns to Seattle on Wednesday night for the second leg of the playoff series where they’ll have to win 4-0 in order to advance to the next round. Certainly, not an easy task.
And that means Windows Phone users will likely only get one game to try out the new Sounders’ FC app — barring a scoring miracle by Fredy Montero and company.
The new Windows Phone was built by Seattle-based Pop, and like the Sounders’ iPhone app that was released earlier this year (GeekWire review here) it includes a polling function. That feature allows fans to express their opinions about the team’s performance by holding “scarves up” or “scarves down.”
As you can imagine, the vast majority are voting with “scarves down” for the performance against Real Salt Lake.
The current tally on the Sounders’ iPhone app: 91 percent down.