Matt Calkins: Give the city’s passionate soccer fans a big assist for bringing the World Cup to Seattle

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The Seattle Times

SEATTLE — Those cheers you heard if you were walking down 36th Ave. in Fremont? It was only about 10% joy. Yes, the patrons at The George and Dragon Pub were pumped that the biggest sporting event in the world is coming to Seattle, but that other 90% — that was relief. All the logic in the world couldn’t provide comfort to the soccer diehards whose every emotion hung on Thursday’s announcement. All the predictions from pundits were irrelevant to those who had convinced themselves that they were about to be spurned. But when it became official — when FIFA revealed on Fox Sports 1 that Seattle w…

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