The old "Nuts & Bolts" chant pretty much sums up how most American soccer people were thinking when it was announced that Qatar had won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
The interesting thing for me is what does this mean for soccer in the US?
MLS had been talking up things like moving to the international calendar to help appease FIFA. Does the US bid getting stiff armed make those talks fritter away?
Or, is there more pressure to make the change ahead of a potential bid to host the 2026 or 2030 World Cup?
Does this swing and a miss mean that there could be changes within the US Soccer management crew, especially US Soccer President Sunil Gulati?
I wouldn't mind the World Cup not coming to the US until 2030. That would make my kids 28, 26, and 23. Perfect ages to go to a few games with dad!
News & Notes:
- Oh yeah, the English aren't happy about losing the 2018 bid to Russia, either.
- The Washington Freedom have a new majority owner . That likely kills any Abby Wambach to the Western NY Flash ideas......
- The Atlanta Silverbacks and the NASL had a press conference that included some goals of the league. Inside Minnesota Soccer has all the coverage.
- The Houston Dynamo appear to be one step closer to get a stadium deal done.
- Here is the state of the Vancouver stadia.
- Columbus traded Jason Garey to Houston for a 4th round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft. What, were they out of used ball bags?
- The first MLS Re-Entry Draft will happen next week. Dema Kovalenko is on the list of available players and could be on the move.
- If this Miami stadium idea doesn't work, maybe they can haul the island stadium from Qatar to South Florida after the 2022 World Cup is over?
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