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.
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 primer on Qatar, the small Middle Eastern nation that on Thursday was awarded the right to host 2022 World Cup.
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.
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.)
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.
In its final presentation to FIFA on Wednesday, the USA Bid Committee vowed to help FIFA to make a lasting social and humanitarian impact around the world on the strength of unprecedented revenue generated by a 2022 World Cup held on American soil.
Seeking to distance itself from the recent US 2016 Olympic bid—which failed amid several accusations of overconfidence—the 30-minute US presentation hammered home how the US would be “humbled” and “honored” at the opportunity to host the World Cup
NEW YORK – Commissioner
Don Garber says that Major League Soccer would seek to become one of the top
leagues in the world by 2022 if the USA is voted host of the FIFA World Cup.
The announcement of
the hosts of both the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments will be made on
Thursday morning at 10 a.m. ET (Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN, ESPN Deportes,
Univisión & CNN International).
“We have a very
specific goal,” Garber said. “If we get the World Cup, we want to be one of the
top leagues in the world by 2022."
A pesar de tan solo tener 17 años, Omar Salgado ya es uno de los jugadores regulares en la escuadra Sub-20 de Thomas Rongen. El atacante tuvo dos participaciones recientes con la escuadra nacional en el Torneo de las Américas, jugando los 90 minutos del partido ante México. El delantero jugoo para la academia juvenil de El Tri antes de elegir a los Estados Unidos en el verano y es ahora uno de los prospectos más codiciados para el SuperDraft 2011 de la MLS.
WASHINGTON- Cuando Ben Olsen llegó al D.C. United procedente de la Universidad de Virginia en 1998 y se encontró con un equipo plagado de estrellas internacionales que ese año buscaban su tercera corona consecutiva en igual número de temporadas de la MLS, todo lo que traía eran sus habilidades como mediocampista y una maleta cargada de sueños que cumplir en el fútbol, incluido el de un día llegar a dirigir.
NEW YORK – Many who look at D.C. United's hiring of Ben Olsen may think it was the easy way out for the club. After all, Olsen is a fan
favorite, he was incumbent and he was already under contract.
But give D.C. United management a lot more credit than that.
The move was a lot tougher than it may seem on the surface.
It’s been well-documented that time and again during Olsen’s
interim tenure, club management was sure of one thing: Olsen was not going to
be the head coach in 2011.