The Sounders are now using aerial robots to help them win soccer matches.
Seattle’s professional club is testing the use of drones at practice to record new vantage points of the team in action. A few local reporters noticed the flying robot hanging out above a goal during Thursday’s practice session.
Club drone hovering over Sounders training this morning pic.twitter.com/YpWQMQHTob
— Matt Pentz (@mattpentz) November 6, 2014
The Sounders have a creepy little visitor at training today. A small drone under club control shooting practice and the Starfire facility. — Don Ruiz (@donruiztnt) November 6, 2014
On Friday, the Sounders posted video footage it shot with the drone on its website.
Sounders spokesman Alex Caulfield told us that the club, which faces Dallas in a playoff match this Monday at CenturyLink Field, is using drones to capture different angles of practice. He called it an “experimental thing” and not something the team will be using regularly.
Other teams in various sports have also been testing the use of drones during practice. For example, several college football squads are using the devices, and the University of Miami even talks about them during their pitches to high school recruits.
High school teams are also using drones:
As far as the legality of drone use at practices go, this ESPN story shows that it’s a rather grey area. However, the FAA has granted special organizations — like Hollywood, for example — the ability to use the flying robots in certain situations.