The World Cup 2022 announcement today had big stakes for the U.S. If the World Cup 2022 was to come to the United States, it would be regarded as a major boost. The future of soccer in America is always uneasy, but getting to host the sport’s biggest tournament again would be a big life line. After all, when the nation first hosted in 1994, it helped give birth to the MLS, and put the sport on the map here. But instead of providing a sequel, FIFA’s World Cup 2022 announcement favored a nation that’s barely smaller than Connecticut.
Minutes after Russia got the 2018 tournament, all eyes were on the 2022 unveiling. America was the favorite, given their power, and how the 1994 Cup was among the most successful of all time. If they didn’t win, then Sydney, Australia was considered the second choice.
Instead, the World Cup 2022 announcement shocked many people, when the winner turned out to be Qatar. The small but wealthy Middle Eastern country beat out all of the other powers, to take the upset victory. Some Americans may best know Qatar as the stage for the opening attack in the first Transformers – as it was identified as “Qatar – The Middle East”
After the celebrating dies down, Qatar will need the full 12 years of preparation to get ready. As the smaller country ever to host the tournament, there will be a share of logistical difficulties. Since it is the first Middle Eastern country to host the event, there are certain to be major security subplots as well.
But the major talking point of the World Cup 2022 announcement isn’t on Qatar’s win, as much as America’s loss. For the second straight year, U.S efforts to host a major international sporting event failed, after Chicago’s failed bid for the 2016 Olympics. Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey’s efforts failed on that end, as the memories of 1994 failed to influence FIFA today.
Some are certain to wonder if anti-American sentiment played a part – especially since a Middle Eastern country beat them. Yet other major Western powers didn’t fare well either, as Australia. England, and Spain/Portugal all lost too.
FIFA has certainly been doing things different lately, in choosing host countries. This year’s past Cup was the first one to be held in Africa, and now Russia and the Middle East will get their first soccer showcase as well. But the World Cup 2022 announcement ensured that America won’t get a second shot, at least not any time soon.
Yahoo Sports- “Qatar selected as 2022 World Cup host”