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Tag Archives: 2022

Accusations Ramp Up Against FIFA’s Chuck Blazer

Posted on by Robert Hay

The investigations into FIFA’s corrupt practices continue, and the attention has again been focused on American Chuck Blazer. Andrew Jennings, one of soccer’s most outspoken reformers, released a new detailed report yesterday with a laundry list of accusations against Blazer … Continue reading

Should U.S. Join the English and Scottish FA in FIFA Protest?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Soccer fans this weekend saw the best of the beautiful game pushed aside by the worst.  As Barcelona were dismantling Manchester United with passing and play that was textbook in perfection, the drip-drip-drip of allegations coming out of FIFA’s headquarters … Continue reading

Report: UEFA Planning to Adopt MLS Scheduling

Posted on by Robert Hay

Recently we’ve shared that various soccer luminaries such as Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson has advocated a spring-to-fall schedule change in advance of the 2022 World Cup.  Now we find out that UEFA itself is advancing well past the … Continue reading

Should FIFA Revote on the 2022 World Cup?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Ok, it’s time to revive the dead horse and ride it some more.  Trust me, I don’t want to but I have to. Since the December 2 vote to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup, I have made peace with … Continue reading

Arsene Wenger Endorses Spring-to-Fall Football

Posted on by Robert Hay

Two of the more controversial things in the soccer world combined yesterday for an early Christmas present to both soccer bloggers and Don Garber. In an interview with Arsenal Magazine (and reported on The Telegraph website), Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger … Continue reading

A Winter World Cup in 2022?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Just as the outrage of the U.S. losing the World Cup to Qatar seems to be settling down, Sepp Blatter and FIFA decided to open the controversy back up again.  In an interview with journalists in Qatar during a visit … Continue reading

Sunil Gulati’s (Fictional) Address to U.S. Soccer

Posted on by Robert Hay

A week after the US loss of the 2022 World Cup, much ink and internet type has been spilled on whether the U.S. deserved the bid or was robbed, whether we American soccer fans have a false sense of entitlement … Continue reading

Musings of a Disappointed American on the 2022 World Cup

Posted on by Robert Hay

I’ve had about eleven hours to think about the results of the 2022 World Cup announcement, read my peers, and come to grips with the failure of the USSF to land the World Cup.  And I think I have a … Continue reading

United States Loses 2022 World Cup Bid

Posted on by Robert Hay

By now you have likely heard that the United States lost its bid to host the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a country with a population smaller than Latvia but who promised FIFA a truly revolutionary and peace-bringing World Cup. … Continue reading

Where Will You Watch the World Cup Announcement?

Posted on by Robert Hay

EPL Talk Network Live Blogging can be seen by clicking here. The time for waiting is over.  The final arguments are being made during the night in Zurich (and I’ll leave it to your imagination what “persuasion” means in Zurich) … Continue reading

Who is USA Bid’s Most Effective Spokesperson?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Less than 48 hours from now, we will know whether the U.S. bid for the 2022 World Cup was a success or a failure.  In Zurich the U.S. delegation is counting votes, firming up yeses and feeling out no votes.  … Continue reading

What if the U.S. Loses 2022 World Cup bid?

Posted on by Robert Hay

The United States has been the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup bid since it dropped its 2018 bid to clear the way for a European nation.  Going up against a Middle Eastern country, two Asian nations that previously … Continue reading

Why I’m Optimistic for US Soccer

Posted on by Robert Hay

A little more than a week after Colorado, an original club, won its first MLS Cup and less than a week before the U.S. potentially wins a second World Cup bid, I am optimistic about the progress of American soccer … Continue reading

What I Am Thankful For – MLS Edition

Posted on by Robert Hay

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  The last week has been a barrage of news and rumors in the world of MLS, and the next few weeks will likely be the same with the 2018/2022 bid announcements and re-entry draft.  But for one … Continue reading

Is the 2022 World Cup Worth MLS Selling Out?

Posted on by Robert Hay

As part of his second state of the union at halftime of the MLS Cup, Don Garber revealed that MLS would be considering shifting the season from spring-to-fall to the FIFA-endorsed fall-to-spring schedule.  While this is not the first time … Continue reading

What Defines Success in South Africa?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Today, the US returns to the country where four months ago they experienced greatness and disappointment, and are once again being led there by Bob Bradley.  This time the stakes are much lower, as the team is playing a midweek … Continue reading

Will FIFA Bribery Scandal Endanger US Bid?

Posted on by Robert Hay

When the United States dropped its bid for the 2018 World Cup, it was seen as a move to placate FIFA’s desire to have the World Cup held that year in soccer’s birthplace (literally, if England wins the bid).  By … Continue reading

Time to Redouble our World Cup Bid Efforts

Posted on by Bobby Brandon

As everyone is well aware, Chicago’s hopes of landing the 2016 Summer Olympic Games came crashing back to Earth last week with a thud. You can place the blame wherever you please, many people are, but you can’t deny that … Continue reading