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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

June 11, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Phinney neighborhood scores with World Cup fans

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7:50 a.m. [click on sketches to view larger]
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Like many other soccer fans in Seattle, Caleb Papineau woke up a few hours early Friday morning to watch the World Cup. But he didn’t turn on his TV or go to a sports bar. Instead, Papineau enjoyed the 7 a.m. South Africa-Mexico match at Phinney Neighborhood Center, a family-friendly venue that will show 45 games live on an 8-by-14-foot HD screen.
Papineau, a native Washingtonian who grew up playing soccer, will bring his daughters, Ella, 4, and Audrey, 1, for Saturday’s U.S.-England match (11:30 a.m. Channel 4.) It was during the last World Cup when Ella said her first word, “goooal!”
The inaugural game drew a diverse crowd of 75 people –the hall can hold 150– including a notable contingent of South African fans who cheered at the host team’s first goal. One of them was Danielle Vermaak, who has lived in Seattle for about 10 years. She said the gathering was “fantastic” and was also excited to encounter me there, as she’s been following my work online for a while. I was happy to pose for a photo with her family.
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Face painter Alethea Myers was impressed with the turnout. “I’ve been painting for nine years but this is my first soccer event,” she said. “Look how many people showed up for the first game.”
One of the 11 people who celebrated the occasion with a face paint job was Mulugeta Abate, of local restaurant Pan Africa Market, the food vendor for this match. “I am rooting for all the African teams,” said Mulugeta, who is originally from Ethiopia. Of the six African teams in the tournament, Abate said Ivory Coast has the strongest squad.
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Aaron Guevara and his family drove all the way from Issaquah for the event and had a great time. Guevara said this type of family-friendly event is good for the kids. “It’s safe, nobody is drinking or using foul language”.
“And the food was delicious,” he added in Spanish.
For event information go to www.pnaworldcup.org.
Hey, what’s that guy doing?
The nice folks from PhinneyWood dot com ran a photo of me while I was sketching.

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