Tuesday Kickoff: Europe plotting move for 2018, Cooper returns to 1860 and more

Sepp Blatter (ISIphotos.com)

If you were hoping for the United States to beat out a host of other candidates, including England, for the right to host the 2018 World Cup, things have gotten a whole lot tougher.

According to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, a plan is in the works to guarantee 2018 going to one of the several European countries bidding for the World Cup.

“From what I’ve discussed with the president of UEFA, Michel Platini, in the last few days in Moscow is that only a European candidate will be evaluated for the 2018 World Cup,” Blatter said on Monday. “It’s still not decided, but it’s an idea to help facilitate the work of FIFA and its executive committee.”

While it has never been a secret that Europe was always considered the favorite to host 2018, this is the first public statement from Blatter basically admitting that Europe would wind up hosting in 2018.

What does it mean for the USA World Cup bids? It means that 2022 is the safer bet for the World Cup to return to the United States.

Here are some other stories to get your Tuesday going:

Cooper set to resume training. U.S. national team striker Kenny Cooper is set to return to action for 1860 Munich for the first time since suffering a sprained MCL in training. Cooper has rejoined the club after undergoing treatment for the injury in the United States. 1860 Munich physicians have already checked out the knee and Cooper is ready to resume training.

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Cabanas in critical, but stable condition. Paraguayan national team striker Salvador Cabanas is in critical, but stable condition after surgery following a shooting in Mexico City on Sunday night. Efforts to remove a bullet from Cabanas brain were unsuccessful as doctors chose to leave the bullet in rather than risk more damage to the Club America star. Cabanas was the victim of an apparent robbery late Sunday night at a Mexico City bar.

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What do you think of these stories? Disappointed to hear Europe will wind up with 2018, or did you already see that coming? Which country would you like to see host the 2018 World Cup if it isn't the United States? Hoping Cooper can get back into the 1860 starting lineup so he can earn a call-up for the USA-Netherlands match in March?

Share your thoughts below.

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114 Responses to Tuesday Kickoff: Europe plotting move for 2018, Cooper returns to 1860 and more

  1. El Toro says:

    2022?!?!?! Boooo

  2. person says:

    will he be able to survive with a bullet in his brain

  3. sjahall3 says:

    Not unless he’s Tony Stark… this is sad news. Wish the best for his family right now…

  4. Stephen says:

    Ok, Sepp, who paid you? So, 3 out of the last 6 WC’s will be held in Europe?

    On a more serious note, what is the bullet being left in his brain going to mean for his life now? Is he going to be paralyzed?

  5. Josh D says:

    Do we know if Cabanas will ever be able to play again?

    It was always going to be 2022 for the US so I’m not worried by the notion of Europe getting it in 2018. However, I think it rather unsportsmanlike to call that information out ahead of time…

    As one of the few who think Cooper offers the national team something better than Ching – I’m game to having him back and playing. Let’s hope he finds the form he was in when he first arrived and not the few minutes he was grabbing nearer to his injury.

  6. Manny F says:

    Depending on where the bullet is and what the bullet is in contact, that will determine what he will be able to do from now on. He could continue playing if the bullet allows it. Or he could retire because of lack of control over his body. Or who knows.

  7. Manny F says:

    That World Cup is going to England. I know it. They have been wanting it for what seems like forever now. And they’ll win it too.

  8. einar says:

    so since 98 it goes europe asia europe africa south america europe than north america?

  9. Katatonia says:

    ^ come on, how many teams in Europe are capable of hosting a world cup? im still voting for Quatar 2022.

  10. J mann says:

    Nice to see Cooper back to training.

    Europe for 2018 doesn’t surprise me. If the US got the 2018 bid than it would’ve been the longest the Cup has been out of Europe.

  11. J mann says:

    I wonder what the USMNT will be like by then. (starts to salivate)

  12. jig says:

    probably not that good.

  13. Limo says:

    haha i feel you man

  14. ko'd says:

    Wow. Partial crisis moment here. I will be 40 years old in 2022.

  15. Jerome says:

    If the US national team is not that good in 2022, than its becuase of 2 things:

    1) 10 other Rossi’s taking place

    2)and the African-American community as a whole has still yet to discover the sport of soccer and take us to #1 internationally.

  16. Kenny Cooper come home! Enough already with 1860 Munich.

  17. Milkshake of Despair says:

    I’d be pissed off if I were the other non-european federations that had put tons of time and money into my 2018 bid, only to find out not be given a fair chance.

  18. GJJ says:

    Hopefully a four year delay allows the USSF time to rectify it’s moronic decision to leave Chicago out of the US bid cities. The idea that 3500 quality, temporary seats could not be added to Soldier field to meet the 65000 seating goal is ludicrous. Chicago 2020!!! Come on you Yanks!!!

  19. Stephen says:

    Man, I’ll be 37. Dang. Thanks for bringing that up…

  20. sdf says:

    Wow Sepp Blatter has no interest in making a world cup the most attended sporting event or helping a nation develop a football infrastructure.

  21. 2022 works way better for me….. I dont plan on a having a child until i am 30 which would be 2015… if we had it in 2018 my son and/or daughter would be too young to enjoy it…. but by 2022 they will be playing on teams and have a good understanding of the game

  22. ERic says:

    Oh, I’m completely shocked that a deal is being worked out for a European country to host 2018.

    Not.

    Really, if you thought the World Cup was going to be held away from Europe three times in a row, you need to stop drinking.

  23. scott says:

    i wonder who will be starting for the US in 2022? i would hope by then we have a couple of world class players

  24. Truer words could not be spoken….for a guy that complains about our league all the time he is not throwing us any bones to make it better…. but heck by 2022 we could have a good enough league where our starting line-up could be mostly comprised of MLSers and that would be so sweet…. MLS is def on the Up and Up

  25. ERic says:

    Aw, poor baby.
    ;)

    I’ll be 61.

  26. John1 says:

    Right now his brain is too swollen to take out the bullet; it is too risky. The doctors will wait between 48-72 hours before doing anything. Sooner or later they will need to try to take it out if his to survive. What I heard on “Jorge Ramos y su Banda” is that a 22 Caliber destroys, eventually, everything in its path if not extracted.

  27. Al_OC says:

    Even 2022 is not a safe bet. I’d love the US to get 2022, but I got a feeling it’s going to Australia.

  28. BooThisMan says:

    We totally deserved to lose this bid for excluding Chicago. Hopefully the 2022 committee will acquire a clue.

  29. DC Josh says:

    Very sad news about Cabanas. I feel so bad for his family and peers. I hope he survives and can see his kids grow up.

  30. BK says:

    No surprise. Europe wasn’t going to get passed over three World Cups in a row. Not a chance. USA 2022 is the best we can hope.

  31. fischy says:

    I think what Blatter has in mind — and this seems to be the appropriate schedule — is a tweaked rotation system, with every third cup being held in Europe. Given the economic resources, population, etc., this just makes sense. FIFA makes its nut in Europe, so they need to feed the beast. Also, it is the most appealing option for the television schedules in Europe. Really, when you look at the globe, at least one-third of capable Cup hosts are in Europe — England, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Benelux, Scandinavia, maybe even the Balkans, Turkey, and eventually Russia. Compare with less than a handful of South American countries (Argentina, Brazil and ?), the USA, Mexico, maybe Canada, South Africa, maybe Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Korea and China. Really, it’s even closer to one-half of realistic Cup hosts are in Europe – so maybe 3 out of 6 isn’t outrageous.

  32. DC Josh says:

    Some 4th grader out there is probably tearing it up right now during recess, and we’ll never know…

  33. BK says:

    Why are you so surprised? Its typically been in Europe every other cycle since it started.

  34. Shmenge says:

    Cabanas was NOT the victim of a robbery–are you just making stuff up now, SBI?

    Within hours of the news yesterday, they said it wasn’t a robbery.

    The guys who shot him had club membership at Bar-Bar, a $1700 tab and two getaway cars waiting outside to pick them up. To steal a billfold?

    He was the victim of a pre-planned, attempted assassination.

  35. BK says:

    huh? What does the African-American community have to do with anything?

  36. Dank says:

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    Not impossible to survive without removing the bullet.

  37. fischy says:

    Not a surprise,though it’s surprising for Blatter to admit so early on that the process is rigged. Anyone know when the 2022 Cup decision will be made? The way the bidding was being done — with both Cups in play now — made me think that FIFA had decided to address them both at the same time, more or less. The 2018 host will be announced in December. What about the 2022 Cup host?

  38. MVK says:

    Sepp Blatter is a Swiss medical term for a loose stool…

  39. Hokie_Futbol says:

    I watched a story on the history channel a while back that talked about mobsters using .22 point blank because it wouldn’t exit the skull maximizing damage. Terrible stuff. Maybe a ballistics guy would know more.

    What an awful story. I have friends from Mexico that always tell me what a dangerous place Mexico City can be. I hope the swelling goes down enough so they can extract it. Brings life (and football) into perspective.

  40. BFBS says:

    The 2154 World Cup has been awarded to Pandora. The U.S. broadcast rights are held by ESPN Blue.

  41. Jack Mac
    Luis Gil
    Charles Renken
    Joseph Gyau

    those are the only players young enough and good enough to still be in some what of their primes

    2018 would have seen

    Mike Bradley 31yo
    Jozy Altidore 29yo
    Freddy Adu 29yo
    Joseph Gyau 26yo
    Jack McInerney 26yo
    Charles Renken 25yo
    Luis Gil 25yo

    Just picture Jozy with 9 more years in europe dude is the next Drogba

    Check Drogba’s career path

    20yo- Le Mans Ligue2- 2app, 0goals
    21yo- Le Mans Ligue2- 32app, 7goals
    22yo- Le Mans Ligue2- 13app, 0goals
    23yo- Le Mans Ligue2/Guingamp Ligue1- 35app, 10goals
    24yo- Guingamp Ligue1- 39app, 21goals

    He didnt join the premier league for another 2 years…. Jozy is ahead of the curve

  42. Stephen says:

    Why would they assassinate him?

  43. I believe 1994 was the most profitable WC for FIFA.

    The US not only makes their nut then some. We have the best infrastructure to support a WC.

  44. reverb says:

    “by 2022 we could have a good enough league where our starting line-up could be mostly comprised of MLSers”
    In an ironic stroke of comedic timing we should know the answer to that one in precisely 5 days.

  45. Donjuego says:

    I think we all knew the WC would return to Europe after two cycles away. Nothing new here. 2022 is time to come back to North America.

  46. RK says:

    The US doesn’t have the best infrastructure — because it is so spread out. The rail links in Germany were very important.

  47. Joamiq says:

    I still can’t believe people thought we had a shot in 2018. NO WAY was FIFA ever going to hold three straight World Cups outside of Europe. Maybe in another 20 or 30 years that’ll seem plausible, but definitely not now.

  48. RK says:

    Play? We don’t even know if he’ll live. Besides, if he has a bullet in his head, I don’t think he’ll want to be risking anything by heading a soccer ball.

  49. Word, if i could still edit my comment i would def say it is contingent on the MLS not folding…. Garber would be a complete _-hole if he lets the league strike…… with more money we could be getting alot of the foreigners that mexico gets……

  50. Dave says:

    because he was/wasn’t throwing games, he had a big debt, he was screwing someones wife, he wouldn’t switch teams etc. You know the usual suspects.

  51. 2022 is supposed to be decide this december also

  52. Seriously? says:

    Are we really surprised? Blatter mostly cares about just protecting his own job, so this is just his way of trying to curry favor with UEFA. He’s already got CONCACAF in his pocket, because Jack Warner cares far more about lining his own pockets than working for his region, so as long as Blatter lets Warner keep his job without any questions, Warner is happy (somehow the ENTIRE allotment of T&T’s tickets for the last WC ended up with a company owned by Warber’s son, yet FIFA “investigated” and found nothing wrong).

    UEFA actually questions things that Blatter does, so his old idea about rotating the WC has obviously been thrown out. Check out this article from last week: link to guardian.co.uk. Notice that CONCACAF did not object to Blatter’s minion, while Europe, Asia and Africa did.

  53. Joamiq says:

    At least 3 out of the last 6 WC’s have always been held in Europe, over any stretch of 6 WC’s in WC history

  54. baquito alyeska says:

    link to this info?

  55. Jerome says:

    Than you obviously dont live in the US( or do you?) Considering most of our best cordinated Athletes and skilled Athletes are playing Basketball and Football and are mostly African-American. Wich is why the NBA and NFL has an extremly high Afrcian-American percentage. If we especially get some of the African-American Basketball community into soccer……..than the Game will explode in popularity and talent wise.

  56. reverb says:

    Maybe the MLS team owners should be at the Fed right now asking for stimulus money? As nuts as things are in DC right now they’d probably get it!

  57. ahm says:

    funny to think how i’m excited at the thought of going to a WC in my home country then realizing how different my life will be then. i feel ya

  58. Josh D says:

    It said he was in stable condition – that generally means live.

  59. Reverb…. i love you dude….. you are mad funny…..

  60. OmarVizquel says:

    Altidore’s latest tweet: “@charliedavies is on his way back! Love the kid to death nd can’t help but think he is going to kill it! Impossible is nothing people”

    I can’t help but think that Jozy should have considered the whole situation surrounding the injury and used a better choice of words…

  61. If not better than Drogba….. Drogba did get to europe till he was 20… jozy is starting at 20

  62. Yea a few words should have def been chosen better….. But i could only imagine what Jozy is thinking…. yes i can finally score in the World Cup… with Davies next to him up top jozy looks a bit lost against stiffer competition

  63. OmarVizquel says:

    I can’t tell you how excited I am for a Jozy/Charlies tandem. Partly because they have such a nice understanding, partly because a Casey alternative gives me an eye twitch.

  64. Mike says:

    Brad Guzan will be 37 in 2022, could still very well be in the fold at that time.

  65. I hear that….. Jozy needs someone next to him that knows how to pass….. Thinking about the Costa rica game where jozy was wide open and Casey did get the ball to him makes me sick
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  66. Vegalta says:

    I’ll be 46! :-O Hopefully by then, though, I’ll be CEO of my company, and can take time off to travel to all the U.S. matches. :-)

  67. Manny F says:

    But didn’t you hear? Jay-Z is an Arsenal fan, its only a matter of time now. Hahahahahaha.

    Its not just the African Americans, its all the Americans. Until Americans see that there is money to be made in Football and that its not lame to support Football then we won’t get the best pool of players.

    Most Americans are killing themselves for spots in 92 teams in this country. (NFL, MLB and NBA total teams combined if I did my math right) If they started to develop their Football game, there would be a higher chance of actually making it pro for some of these guys that can’t make it into the MLB, NBA, and especially the NFL.

  68. reverb says:

    …It’s also used at Grenada’s Medical School and other minor outlying island’s Medical facilities when referring to a violent bowel movement.

  69. Delayed Gratification says:

    Actually, I would prefer 2022 over 2018. By then the natioanl team should be higher quality and more prepared for a deeper run with home support. Also, MLS will be a better league by then to both help prepare world cup participants before hand and lure them after the cup. Thinking long term I think 2022 has more potential for a sea-change moment in US Soccer than 2018.

    (But of course waiting 12 years would be hard)

  70. SG says:

    I always assumed it was 2022 or nothing. Who knows though nothing is guaranteed. Australia will be the US major competition for 2022.

    Gousabid.com

  71. RedStateJim says:

    Try 60!! Hope I am alive then. Better cut out the red meat, salt and fried foods now.

  72. agnigrin says:

    I agree double Boooo… FIFA is as corrupt as the mafia!

  73. RLW2020 says:

    ya its too bad that US won’t have it in 2018, never thought they would, but think about the line up
    2014 Brazil
    2018 England — the two best and most historic footballing nations in the world hosting the WC! damn I hope I have enough money to visit one of these.

    2022 USA
    2024 Australia
    – assuming I live this long that is going to be a great decade of world cups.

  74. doug says:

    I don’t know how Australia did tourism-wise with the Olympics but there are concerns that the distance to South Africa is killing ticket sales. If that turns out to be the case, FIFA may be gun-shy about having another tournament in the hinterland. They already know that the US will be a cash cow. The population in the US is already enough to provide support for all 32 teams even if nobody travels in from abroad (which of course they will). Further, Australia is pretty big landwise though I’m not sure how far apart the participating cities are.

  75. Jerome says:

    So Jay-Z is an Arsenal Fan? I know Spike Lee was an Arsenal fan.

    But the point is, yes its specifically African-American Community. I know people want to throw in the “All of America” to ignore the point, but in soccer we already have the Latino support, we already have the suburban soccer mom support, we already have the European immigrant support. But soccer in this country continues to stay where it is. Which means soccer is still missing that extra push and talent from a certain demographic. And that demographic is the African-American Community.

    Ive heard people explain on other sports sites that The game of Basketball and Football did not take off until the African-American community was fully apart of the sport.

  76. Master of the Obvious says:

    I didn’t read the comments above so forgive the repeat opionion:

    It would be a travisty for the North American continent to go without a WC for 28 straight years with Europe hosting 3 in that period.

    Americans need to stop being – by far – the largest purchasers of WC tix. Why hold it here if we will travel anyway?

  77. Master of the Obvious says:

    “there are concerns that the distance to South Africa is killing ticket sales”

    Killing is killing ticket sales in SA.

  78. Seriously? says:

    I hadn’t heard this distance theory, but it sounds a bit fishy to me. Are people worried about travel time to Brazil, I’d think it wouldn’t be any better from Europe or Asia. I’d think the biggest thing ‘killing’ ticket sales would be the country’s reputation for the number of killings there. Plus, I’ve heard there are great concerns about the logistics of traveling within the country.

    I could see FIFA claiming that slower than expected ticket sales is due to distance, because they wouldn’t want to admit people may have security or travel concerns.

  79. Anyone know who the Hot U10 and U8 players in this country are? (SARCASM) I want to start following them since they will be the ones making up our National team by the time the WC comes back.

  80. Taylor says:

    Ahh! I’ll be 35! Dang that seems so long from now. Man thats so crazy to think about.

  81. Rory says:

    But the whole damn World Cup could be held on the East Coast and the geography factor would be minimal.

    You need 9 venues, right, but can have 12?

    Boston

    Buffalo

    New York

    Philly

    Pittsburg

    DC

    Baltimore

    Cincy

    Indy

    Others you could use:

    Knoxville (Vols stadium sits 100,000, right?)

    Nashville

    Atlanta

    If you did this right you could have the tournament in an area about the size of South Africa.

  82. Seriously? says:

    Well, if you look at it objectively, I would think there are really only 2 CONCACAF country’s that can handle a World Cup in this day and age (I wouldn’t think Canada would have enough large stadiums, but I could be wrong), while Europe has many more, especially if countries put in joint bids.

    I could see England saying that it’s a bit odd that they don’t get a WC for more than 50 years, while both Mexico and the US each held two (if the US were to get it in 2018) in that period.

    But that said, how many other countries, or blocks of countries, have suitable infrastructure? Holding it in South Africa is a bit of a stretch, and we’ll see how it comes off. How many South American or Asian nations could handle it right now? As has been said, though our public transportation does leave a bit to be desired compared to Europe, no country has the infrastructure that the US has. If we wanted to, we could hold a few tournaments, and not repeat any stadiums from one to the next.

  83. Rory says:

    If 2018 goes to Russia then FIFA would have to hedge it’s financial bets by picking US in 2022. Too many expenses could be incured with Russia along with a smaller crowd if people fear the police presence there.

  84. Rory says:

    How can you say that? If the Chicago Bears figured they couldn’t sell more then 60,000 seats in that city then why should we limit the World Cup gate by going there? That city is a NIGHTMARE to get into anyway.

  85. William Franklin says:

    God Save the Queen

  86. Rory says:

    Yeah, but of course Bladder had to wait until everyone had spent their money on putting in bids for 2018 to announce it didn’t matter. Do you get a discount rate for bidding for both 18 and 22?

  87. William Franklin says:

    England 2018

  88. Rory says:

    My uncle Jack said it was true and that’s verification enough for me. He also claims that Joe Damaggio had JFK killed for banging Marylin, so take it for what it’s worth.

  89. Rory says:

    Of course this is the same kid who was tweeting while driving to work just a few weeks later.

  90. fuzzymath says:

    Apyoor Aocehoul and Gittha Laiph are the top 2 ranked fifth-graders nationally. Both moved here from Africa when they were five and if they get their citizenship (fingers crossed) they’ll be on their way to Bradenton and to help the Nats in no time! Should be good to go in 2022!

  91. Rory says:

    Remeber Fifa’s big “we’re going to rotate continents” crap a few years back? Well that rotation lasted until the Cup had been to every continent, except North America. Nice “rotation.”

  92. Rory says:

    Europe can plot all they want, but it’s no secret that Russia, England, Spain, and the Netherlands (or Benelux) all want a cup in 18 or 22. Only one of them can have the cup and if they get the feeling it won’t be them then they might like to sink a Euro cup in 2018 in favor of a US Cup to save their chances for 22 or even 26. These people argue over EVERYTHING ,there’s no reason to think they’ll present a united front.

  93. J-S says:

    Well, I don’t think after 1994 waiting till 2022 is cruel or unuasual. If England becomes the host nation for the World Cup in 2018 it would be 52 years after the last time they hosted in 1966. Italy hosted 1934 and 1990 56 years in between, France 1938 and 1998 60 years. Of course that are all European countries but there are a ton of European countries that can host a WC and not that many in other parts of the World and if the US gets a WC about every 30 years thats a pretty nice quota.

  94. Seriously? says:

    oh, I remember. As I said in a comment further up, I also see this as a way for Blatter to try to ingratiate himself to Europe, since he’s been getting a lot of flack from them about many things he’s done.

    But I do have to admit, there are a lot more potential hosts in Europe, and a lot more money comes from there as well, so it would be a bit unfair to Europe to have all the other regions get an equal number of World Cups.

    That said, I still don’t believe that Blatter ever does anything ‘for the good of the game’. It’s all about him and holding onto his power.

  95. . says:

    Yes. Those rail links were great for getting fans to stadiums of 30,000 seats, which were a disgrace at an event like the World Cup.

  96. Big Chil says:

    You know, you have a point there. FIFA will probably see how it goes in South Africa in terms of crime and attendance before Russia would have a chance. If there are problems, a safer, West European country would get it.

  97. Bob says:

    There was an article on the new york times web-site written by a forend of mine about the Chicago exclusion. The real reason was Chicago didn’t want to pony up the cash for the bid because there was a lot of negativity toward the outcome of the Olympic bid and the $$$ spent. The explanation from Gulati was just political bs. They didn’t want FIFA to get wind that a major US city did not want to support the bid.

  98. JR says:

    Apyoor and Gittha–they probably moved here from India

  99. EA says:

    Actually, there are large portions of our population that ignore the sport entirely. The African-American population is just one segment.

    I’d be willing to bet that less than 25% of Americans could name an American soccer player.

    And probably 10% of those that do answer would say David Beckham.

    Of course, large portions of the country can’t pick out their state on a map, but that’s another story entirely.

  100. miked says:

    I read that they’re form Eritrea or Somalia

  101. John says:

    CAP THEM!

  102. ThaDeuce says:

    Man, I sure hope they get that bullet out of Cabana’s brain…
    poor guy, he may never be the same again, who knows what kind of functions he may lose from the brain injury…..Hopefully he can recover like Davies, but more likely he will not.

  103. pete says:

    I say stop wasting time competing as it looks like FIFA is corrupt organization.

  104. Vince420 says:

    it is extremely outrageous…USA held the most profitable WC when it was only 24 teams…EUROPE can’t even pull it off with 32 teams in the tourney…they should have it in the USA for 3 out of 6 WCs because we just make the tourney that much more profitable….BS is what I say…they are hating on the US, the numbers don’t lie.

  105. vince420 says:

    it doesn’t matter if its spread out foolio…what matters is how much income they can make if they hold the cup in the USA…don’t hate, participate…

  106. Scott A says:

    I agree, can’t single out just one community

  107. Brian says:

    My email from the Bid Committee
    ——————————-

    Dear Brian,

    First of all thank you for your email and your support of the USA Bid.

    I would like to explain some of the reasons why we were unable to include Chicago as part of the final 18 cities.

    Under normal circumstances, Chicago would have been part of our national bid, given its soccer tradition, diversity, location and reputation as a world-class city.

    Since we announced in February of last year our intention to bid for the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022, we knew we would be approaching Chicago at a challenging and potentially problematic time in relation to our own World Cup bid, whether the 2016 Olympics bid was successful or not.

    FIFA’s bidding process clearly establishes that any city and stadium that is proposed by any bidding nation has to be accompanied by corresponding signed agreements.

    At this time, the Chicago Park District was unable to meet these FIFA contractual requirements. Without these mandatory signed documents, it was impossible for the USA Bid Committee to even consider Chicago to be part of the final 18. So it was with some disappointment, but also much compassion, that we mutually agreed to move forward in our bid without Chicago.

    Here is a link to an article that appeared in the New York Times this past Friday and that talks about this situation:

    link to nytimes.com

    Once upon a time, the notion of a U.S. bid without Chicago might have been unthinkable. Today we have a surplus of world class cities worthy of being hosts, with a collection of venues that have no match anywhere in the world. As a nation, we still need every soccer fan’s support to win this bid and bring the largest sporting event in the world to our country.

    Hope this email helps explain why the USA Bid Committee was unable to consider Chicago in the final list.

    Thanks again for your support,

    Jurgen Mainka
    Director of Communications
    USA Bid Committee

  108. Brian says:

    I think you mean 2026, but yes I agree with you

  109. Brian says:

    Holy…Jesus

  110. maxi says:

    good luck to cabanas. =/

  111. maxi says:

    australia’s bid has issues too, because fifa’s saying any hosts need to be using wc stadia for the tourney and nothing else, from just before it starts until the end of the tournament.

    two of australia’s three biggest spectator sports go on in those same stadiums during the southern hemisphere’s winter – that is, when the world cup’s on. they’re in a pickle – those two leagues are essentially flipping soccer the bird at this point.

    as far as size goes, though, australia’s actually roughly the size of the lower 48.

    i don’t think we have a great bid either, though, and i think we should wait. until when? until we’re willing and able to play world cup games in a stadium we built for the damned thing.

  112. Ron says:

    I just wish that bullet would’ve entered Blatter’s head instead. That corrupted a-hole is one of the nastiest beings to ever run any sports organizations. Extremely corrupted.

  113. meyers7 says:

    I know 60. ugh. 40 sucked, 50′s gonna suck, maybe if we get the WC, 60 won’t suck as much. If I’m still alive and able to walk on these crappy knees of mine.

  114. meyers7 says:

    If only….

    We know that’s the problem. 4th graders are NOT playing pickup soccer at recess. Only in their “organized leagues” on Sat/Sun…..in suburban America. :(