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Lots of local soccer despite Sounders' weekend away

Seattle Sounders FC is off to New England for their MLS match at 3 p.m. Sunday. However, there are lots of soccer events around the area, including Sounders U-23, and appearance of Michelle Akers at Starfire, and four matches in the Evergreen Premier League, including the home debut of South Sound FC. A look at some of those events:

Pierce County-based Sounders U-23 will play a preseason friendly at 8 p.m. Friday at Bellingham United. That one is the second game of a double-header that starts at 6 p.m. with Sounders Women playing Western Washington.

Michelle Akers, who grew up in Shoreline and went on to stardom with the U.S. women's national team, will sign autographs at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday as part of Washington Youth Soccer State Cup weekend. More information is available at

South Sound FC of the Evergreen Premier League will play its home opener at 7 p.m. Saturday at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood. Information:

Tacoma American Outlaws has some events revolving around that one. Here's their news release:

Seattle and Tacoma American Outlaws collaborate with the Royal Guard and South Sound Shock FC to “Unite & Strengthen”, support and entertain in the South Sound. Seattle and Tacoma American Outlaws will host an event to celebrate the release of Wingman Brewers’ AO Tacoma and Seattle 2014 World Cup Collaboration Ale at the Puyallup River Alehouse, Puyallup WA at 4pm on Saturday, May 10. The Royal Guard, supporter group for the Seattle Reign; and the Evergreen Premier League’s South Sound Shock FC will participate in the festivities before supporters converge on Harry Lang Stadium, Lakewood WA at 7pm to cheer the Shock on to victory as they take the pitch in their much anticipated home opener.