Halo 5 Sponsors Pro Soccer Team

Clint Dempsey and other members of the Seattle Sounders will wear Halo 5-branded jerseys during a game this weekend.


Microsoft on Tuesday announced a partnership with the Seattle Sounders Major League Soccer team that will see its players wear Halo 5: Guardians-branded jerseys during their matchup Sunday against LA Galaxy.

The game kicks off at 6:30 PM PDT / 9:30 PM EDT on October 3 from CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The Sounders are already sponsored by Seattle-based Microsoft (and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is one of the club's owners); this new partnership is an extension of that relationship.

In a statement, 343 Industries boss Bonnie Ross said many developers at the studio are also big fans of the Sounders; they're looking forward to watching the game in person on Sunday, she explained.

This new campaign marks the first time any MLS team has changed its jerseys mid-season. In addition to the game jerseys, Microsoft has created Halo-branded warmup jerseys that players will wear as they prepare for the match.

Microsoft will sell these jerseys at CenturyLink Field, but only 200 will be available and there was no word on if they will also be sold online. If you're attending the match, however, you're likely to get a free Halo 5/Sounders t-shirt, as Microsoft is giving away 20,000 of them at the event.

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In addition, Microsoft is bringing a life-size Halo Warthog vehicle to the stadium, while people dressed in Master Chief and Spartan Locke armor will also be on-hand to take pictures with. On top of that, Microsoft will hold a scavenger hunt at halftime with the jersey as its grand prize.

More details about this weekend's festivities are available at the Sounders website. Halo 5 launches on October 27 exclusively for Xbox One.

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