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June 13, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Bring the World Cup to Seattle

If the World Cup comes to the U.S., “a significant portion of it would be in Seattle.”

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Imagine World Cup at CenturyLink Field. (John Lok / Seattle Times)

That’s the promise of Ralph Morton of the Seattle Sports Commission, who helped put together the U.S.’s runner-up bid for the 2022 cup. He was talking about a potential bid for 2026.

But by day, it looks like the 2022 cup may be back in play.

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Comments | Topics: brazil, fifa, qatar

August 26, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Macklemore, Clint Dempsey and Amazon exemplify Seattle’s creative spirit

Talk about an explosion of Seattle pride. One word comes to mind: zeitgeist.

Just consider what we’ve seen in the last 24 hours:

Mary Lambert, left, Macklemore, center, and Ryan Lewis accept the award for best video with a social message for "Same Love" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Mary Lambert, left, Macklemore, center, and Ryan Lewis accept the award for best video with a social message for “Same Love” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis rocked the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Here is a replay of the show.) Seattle’s golden boys won two Moonman trophies for best video with a social message and best hip hop video. Local singer Mary Lambert joined the duo on stage for a stirring performance of “Same Love,” which was released during last year’s Referendum 74 campaign to affirm same-sex marriage in Washington. Macklemore called it his most important song because “it’s a testament to what is happening right now in America, on the forefront of equality. Gay rights are human rights. There is no separation.” Beautifully said.

Here in Seattle, soccer star Clint Dempsey debuted with the Sounders and became the city’s newest hero. (Here is the news side’s story.) Since the kick-off, I’ve watched my Facebook and Twitter feeds blow up with proud fans wondering whether we live in Seattle or Europe. Soccer fans rejoice. The Sounders beat the Portland Timbers, 1-0. It takes a team to win a game, but Dempsey’s presence certainly added some momentum. Now is the time for our city to show America how to appreciate this truly global sport. (Yeah, I’m biased. I play a little recreational soccer on the side.)

Seattle Sounders fans hold up signs that read "Welcome Deuce" during the home debut of Sounders MLS soccer player Clint Dempsey, who's nickname is "Deuce, " during a match against the Portland Timbers, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seattle Sounders fans hold up signs that read “Welcome Deuce” during the home debut of Sounders MLS soccer player Clint Dempsey, who’s nickname is “Deuce, ” during a match against the Portland Timbers, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Over the weekend, The New York Times highlighted Amazon.com’s role in reshaping downtown Seattle. The rest of the nation is catching on to what we’ve been watching happen right in our backyard. (The Seattle Times is located  next to the Amazon compound in South Lake Union.)

Amazon is both local and global. By encouraging its employees to live within walking distance, it could help Seattle meet its goals for energy efficiency and conservation, city officials said. As part of its development agreement, Amazon also plans to buy a new streetcar for the light rail line that runs past its properties, and pay for a stretch of dedicated bicycle lane.

Indeed, hugely successful companies have an obligation to help their communities gain improved access to transit, innovative public art (I’d place Amazon’s interesting biodome concept in this category) and Tom Douglas-caliber restaurants. We could talk about the trade-offs, but I still tip my hat to Jeff Bezos and company for redefining the modern workplace in an urban city.

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June 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Why I’m excited about World Cup soccer coming to Seattle

My best friend’s husband recently started a co-ed rec soccer team. I joined. We’re on turf every Wednesday. Win or lose, watching or playing — everyone has a great time. I always think to myself, “Dude. Soccer rocks.” The sport is also a global phenomenon that cuts across political, language and cultural barriers.

U.S. national team soccer players, including forward Eddie Johnson, center, kick the ball as they warm up before a practice session at CenturyLink Field, Monday, June 10, 2013, in Seattle. The U.S. will face Panama on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, for a World Cup qualifier soccer match. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

U.S. national team soccer players, including forward Eddie Johnson, center, kick the ball as they warm up before a practice session at CenturyLink Field, Monday, June 10, 2013, in Seattle. The U.S. will face Panama on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, for a World Cup qualifier soccer match. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

That’s why I’m excited to take my dad to CenturyLink Stadium tonight to see the U.S. men’s team face Panama in a World Cup qualifier match. I don’t think he has been on the sidelines of any sporting event since my weekend soccer games in middle school. Tuesday’s game will mark his first time watching live professional soccer since he arrived in the United States in 1979. Back in his native Vietnam, soccer is the national pastime. (My soccer-crazed grandfather keeps a television set in his rural farmhouse outside Ho Chi Minh City for the sole purpose of watching games.) When my parents were both teachers in Saigon, they lived right across from Cong Hoa Stadium, renamed Thong Nhat Stadium after the fall of Saigon. They became regular spectators of soccer games at the 25,000-capacity venue. Throughout the 1970s, friends and family members would meet at their apartment before walking over to the field to cheer on visiting teams. Another time, my dad took students from his school to a sister school in Da Lat to play in a soccer tournament. It was a big deal for the kids. He refereed a match between the teachers. His voice gets excited and his face really lights up when he recalls those memories. 

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