No Cup on the U.S.? Deal with it

What does all this World Cup fuss mean in the long run?

Needless to say, probably very little.

It’s soccer. It’s politics. Yes, they do mix. Deal with it.

Of course, like anyone else, I’d love to witness a World Cup contest in person. But I am now aced out of that unless a bunch of money and a ticket to Moscow falls out of the sky and lands in my penalty area.

Otherwise, as far as watching a game on U.S. soil in my lifetime … well, I’m just about aced out of that.

First Brazil, then Russia, then Qatar, then more-than-likely a European country in 2026 and then in 2030 we are talking about the 100th anniversary of the first World Cup on Uruguay and guess where it’s goin’ in 2030?
U.S. probably lookin’ at 2034 at best and I’ll be 87 then so they better have lotsa easy access to the stadiums or I’m stayin’ home anyway.

The voting on Thursday embarassed England (it went out in the first round) and left the U.S. wondering how a country like Qatar could beat them out?

So, it comes down to the advancement of soccer in this country. Will Thursday’s result matter?

Yes and no.

Yes, because the media will be less interested, much less involved in the preparations in Russia and Qatar than they would be here. Hence, the long-range hype will be ratcheted down immensely.

No, because if folks are interested in soccer, then their interest won’t wane cause games will be played in Qatar. World Cup contests, no matter where they are contested draw huge interest.

Honestly, I’m still more upset we don’t have a California State High School Tournament and the fact that the vast majority of our college grads who play at the collegiate level have no place to play after college than I am about playing the World Cup on Qatar soil.