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Letter to MLS fans from Commissioner Garber

MLS Commissioner reacts to World Cup bid
Letter from Commissioner

Don Garber, MLS commissioner

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Dear MLS Fans,

Although we are all disappointed in FIFA’s decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar rather than the United States, we will continue moving forward. We remain as committed today as we have ever been to continuing our mission of growing the sport in North America and growing MLS into one of the best leagues in the world.

McCarty trade makes for packed DC midfield

Olsen facing wealth of tactical options through middle of park
Packed midfield in DC

WASHINGTON – D.C. United lost two defenders on Expansion Draft day last week, with Jordan Graye selected by Portland and Rodney Wallace also joining the Timbers in United’s deal for Dax McCarty.

Yet the midfield now looks jam-packed as a result of that trade, providing head coach Ben Olsen and his staff with no shortage of options to consider in the months ahead.

Garber shocked by FIFA decision, vows hard work ahead

Commissioner: US robbed of a chance to show its soccer passion
Garber vows hard work

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ZURICH, Switzerland -- For someone whose league has known virtually nothing but success and good news the past several years, the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar and not to the United States certainly was a tough one for MLS Commissioner Don Garber to swallow.

"It's very disappointing," Garber said. "I'm a bit shocked. We ran a great campaign. We felt very good about it. All of the people we met throughout the last two years, including the last two days, told us we were in pretty good shape."

Bunbury, Duka lead MLS youngsters past Real Madrid reserves

Generation adidas team starts Spanish tour with a good win
Young MLSers top Madrid

Stefan Frei reaches to make a save against Real Madrid Castilla.

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MADRID, Spain — Despite having only a few days to play together, the Generation adidas team got their tour off to a great start with a 2-1 win over Real Madrid Castilla, Real Madrid’s reserve side, on Thursday morning.

Sporting Kansas City’s Teal Bunbury and Columbus Crew midfielder Dilly Duka notched goals in the first half, and the Merengues’ Salinas pulled one back in the second.

Bread for the City Food Drive

Day 6 of the club's 10 Days of Giving
Bread for the City

D.C. United completed its sixth day of the "10 Days of Giving" campaign with a return to Bread for the City. During the first visit, United's staff helped prepare "turkey bags" for local community residents. On Wednesday, the Black-and-Red dropped off approximately 900 items of food that were donated by front office staff.  Front office staff then stayed to volunteer at Bread for the City's food and clothing programs.

Gulati forced to deal with "harsh disappointment"

USSF president pragmatic after US snubbed for 2022 World Cup
Gulati on 2022 snub

ZÜRICH, Switzerland – A solemn Sunil Gulati tried to put on the best face in the wake of the most bitter defeat and biggest disappointment of his tenure as US Soccer president.

About a half-hour prior on Thursday, Gulati and the rest of the world learned that Qatar had been awarded the 2022 World Cup. The US had lost to the Asian nation in the fourth and final ballot by the 22-man FIFA Executive Committee. Qatar, which has never qualified for the World Cup, received 14 votes, the US eight.

SmorgasBorg: US lost out on Cup? Think again

It won't be 2018 or '22, but Thursday's results make 2026 a cinch
Borg: US just won WCup

The US just won the right to host the FIFA World Cup. And Sepp Blatter didn't even have to announce it.

Sure, Thursday’s votes for 2018 and 2022 didn't go the
Americans’ way. But by FIFA handing the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, it's difficult to imagine
the event going back to a country in the Asian Confederation so soon.

And so, ladies and gentlemen, we can announce with a fair degree of certainty that the 2026 World Cup will be coming to the United States. Who cares if American fans have to wait an extra four years? It's
in the bag.

A quick guide to 2022 World Cup host Qatar

MLSsoccer.com offers some facts on FIFA's big WC winner
A guide to Qatar

A quick primer on Qatar, the small Middle Eastern nation that on Thursday was awarded the right to host 2022 World Cup.

Pronunciation: KA-tar.

Population: The CIA fact book reports a population of 840,926 in July 2010, ranked 159th in the world with roughly 25,000 more residents than San Francisco.

Men make up two-thirds of the population, and 96 percent of the population lives in an urban setting. The median age is 30.8 years old.

FIFA awards 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Bid to bring tournament back to US falls short
Qatar wins 2022 World Cup

Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup.

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The United States will not host the 2022 World Cup.

FIFA announced on Thursday afternoon in Zürich, Switzerland, that the quadrennial world championship will be held in Qatar.

This is the first time that a Middle Eastern nation will host the World Cup, and only the second time the tournament will be held in a nation from the Asian confederation. (Japan and South Korea co-hosted in 2002.)

Qatar topped US bid in head-to-head vote

FIFA committee went to fourth round to decide 2022 host
US, Qatar in final vote

Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup.

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The USA's bid to host the 2022 World Cup came down to the final round of voting before losing to Qatar in a head-to-head, according to FIFA.com.

Qatar will host the '22 tourney after receiving 14 votes from the FIFA Executive Committee in the fourth round to beat out the US, which collected eight votes.

Curiously, in the first round, the US received just three votes to barely avoid elimination. Japan also collected three votes, but Australia received just one tally. Qatar collected a whopping 11 votes.

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