US Host Cities for World Cup 2018/22 Bid

The US finalized its list of bid cities a couple weeks ago. Dallas, Philly, and Houston all made the cut. Hard to think how Dallas couldn’t with the new, ever-soccer-friendly Cowboys Stadium. Surprise omissions include Chicago and San Francisco.

Here’s the map of what spots will comprise the USA bid for World Cup 2018/22:

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More info at GoUSAbid.com.

Crap, I Missed USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago …

Soccerati’s a new(ish) operation, of course, and we may or may not have forgotten to pay our Tivo bill. Likewise, there was that whole Obama health care speech, and the desire to flip between Fox, CNN, and MSNBC for comparative post-game analysis. All that, and it’s tough to find non-EPL or MLS games in the Las Vegas Cox Cable listings … like we said, may or may not have forgotten to pay the Tivo bill.

Anyhow, in this sorta situation — because really, as awesome as YouTube can be, online streaming vid isn’t the way to watch a game — the place where I’ve lately found the best quick, action-friendly recap is BleacherReport:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/251482-us-vs-trinidad-and-tobago-a-minute-by-minute-report

A whole game in 90 tweets or less.

Do You Believe In…Altidore

 

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We won! We won! No seriously, we won. The US scored a huge upset today by defeating the #1 team in the world, ESPANA! The win (thanks to goals from Jozy Altidore & Clint Dempsey) means our guys advance to the finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup where they’ll face either Brazil or host country South Africa.

US v Spain Highlights

Last week, the US need a stars-and-moons-aligned miracle just to get out of the group stage and now they’re playing in the finals. Man, I love soccer.

I’ve Soiled Myself

US 3-Egypt 0. Brazil 3-Italy 0. And the place goes nuts, only problem is no one here seems to care. It was without a doubt one of the most unexpected wins in the history of the national team. Sure if they only had to score a goal or try for a tie, then the possibility of the team advancing would not have been too implausible. But you had to win by three and hope, hope mind you that Brazil thumps the current world champions by three. In other words you needed everything that could go right to go right, and anything less than that and Bob Bradley is in the unemployment line. And how confident was the Brad Man? He started Brad Guzan in the net, benching Tim Howard for the game.

I’ve said this before, Bradley needs to create some serious waves for him to keep his job. And while beating Egypt may not be akin to beating Spain, the circumstances the team faced may be the spark the team and coach need to make a strong statement for next year’s World Cup.