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May 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Special Olympics WA to host Cascadia Championship Series

More community-related links and notes after the jump:

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Special Olympics Washington and Sounders FC have joined together to invite Special Olympics Oregon and the Portland Timbers to participate in an event called the Cascadia Championship Series on Saturday.

There will be a 5v5 match at 2:30 p.m. at Starfire between teams from Washington and Oregon (admission is free). There will able be a 3v3 exhibition at Qwest Field’s north lot at 6 p.m. (opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m.). It’s the first event of its kind.

Volunteers will also be on hand to recruit participants for the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign, which is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics to raise awareness of the hurtful effects of the words like “retard” and “retarded.”

Saturday will serve as the first game of the home-and-home series. The Portland Timbers will host the second leg on Sunday, July 10 at Jeld-Wen Field.

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— The Emerald City Supporters have already sold out their 400-ticket allotment for July 10’s road match in Portland. But one ticket remains up for grabs and it will be a prize in a Brougham Block Party at 2 p.m. at Fuel Sports Bar. It’s a 21-and-over event hosted by the ECS. Details here if you’re interested.

— The Sounders didn’t seem very impressed with the Castrol Index, a player-rating system released by MLS on Thursday. Here it is if you’re interested; Steve Zakuani ranks No. 2 in the entire league. Check out the Sounders-only list if you like.

— The team also sent out a release to advise fans of road closures over the weekend, especially Highway 99.

— Richland native and former UW goalkeeper Hope Solo was named to the U.S. roster for the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer in Germany.

— The Tacoma Tide has signed a bunch of players before Friday night’s season opener (7 p.m. at the Stadium Bowl against the North Sound SeaWolves).

— The Kitsap Pumas take on Washington Crossfire at 1 p.m. Saturday (note the time change) at Bremerton Memorial Stadium. The match will also count towards U.S. Open Cup qualifying. Kitsap beat Victoria 2-1 last week to improve to 2-0-0 on the season.

— Last week, the Sounders Women and University of Washington women played to a 1-1 tie. The Sounders Women, which recently partnered with the Greater Renton Football Club, kick off the 2011 W-League regular season with a May 14 road game in Victoria, B.C.

— Golazo, a local energy-drink company, is hosting a 3v3 tournament and party Friday night in anticipation of the big Seattle-Portland match. It runs from 7 p.m. to midnight at company headquarters (714 East Pike Street). There will be drawings to win tickets for Saturday’s match and the Mexico-Ecuador friendly later in the month. RSVPs recommended here.

— Korrio, the local and expanding sports automation platform, has added Kip Fern (product manager) and Roger Reina (director of East Coast sales) to its management team. The company has recently partnered with the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association.

— And last, but certainly not least, for those that don’t follow Comcast on Twitter (including me), you might not have known that the cable provider will add the FOX Soccer Channel — yes, the long-anticipated high-definition version — on June 1. It is a premier channel, so you gotta pay extra for it.

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