WORLD CUP 2026 - General N&A and Discussion

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by FirstStar, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. FirstStar

    FirstStar Hustlin' for the USA

    Feb 1, 2005
    Time's Arrow
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Congrats Canada/Mexico/USA - we won. Since the bid is "no longer in jeopardy", figure it's time to open up a new thread to cover general N&A and discussion until the real fun starts in 7 years or so . . . Cheers!
     
  2. FC Tallavana

    FC Tallavana Member+

    Jul 1, 2004
    The desert
    Going to be more expensive driving to a game at the Rose Bowl from my house in La Quinta than it is for me to fly to Lithuania and then take the train to see England v. Belgium in a couple weeks. But not having to qualify will be nice.
     
  3. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    Is this the right thread to talk about sanctions against the countries that had the temerity to vote against our bid?
     
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  4. Fighting Illini

    Fighting Illini Member+

    Feb 6, 2014
    Chicago
    Looks like the North Korea summit went well
     
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  5. kba4life1

    kba4life1 Member

    Jul 14, 2010
    Irvine, CA
    Lineup predictions? Why the hell not!

    Sargent
    Pulisic———Carleton———-Pynadath
    Mckennie———Someone we don’t even know exists today
    Bello———-Miazga———EPB——-Scally
    Las
     
  6. schrutebuck

    schrutebuck Member+

    Jul 26, 2007
    My pick:

    Howard; Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley; Beckerman, Jones, Bedoya, Bradley; Dempsey, Altidore

    A true winning XI
     
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  7. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    I made a couple of adjustments to your lineup ...
     
  8. Tony in Quakeland

    Jan 27, 2003
    Pleasant Hill, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It’s nice to get good news once in awhile, isn’t it?
     
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  9. cleansheetbsc

    cleansheetbsc Member+

    Mar 17, 2004
    Club:
    --other--
    I suppose ultimately, the corruption of FIFA and the profit it earns for few is mightier than what is best for the masses they 'serve.'
     
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  10. STR1

    STR1 Member

    May 29, 2010
    McAllen, TX
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And the coach will be Bob Bradley, why the hell not. But not before Arena had a chance to redeem himself in the 2022 WC.
     
  11. cleansheetbsc

    cleansheetbsc Member+

    Mar 17, 2004
    Club:
    --other--
    Lets give Sampson a Mulligan. The 3-6-1 is ready.
     
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  12. TrueCrew

    TrueCrew Member+

    Dec 22, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I believe the technical report said the United bid would earn $14 billion more than Morocco, which tabs out at around $50 million more per FA.

    Qatar only had to bribe half (or less) of a 24 member board. Morocco would have had to bribe 50-60 FA's with enough cash to make up the difference and then some. Billions they did not have or want to spend.
     
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  13. Bluecat82

    Bluecat82 Member+

    Feb 24, 1999
    Minneapolis, MN
    Club:
    Minnesota United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Surprised at the number of African nations the United bid got.

    Also surprised Brazil broke CONMEBOL ranks.
     
  14. Tony in Quakeland

    Jan 27, 2003
    Pleasant Hill, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  15. cleansheetbsc

    cleansheetbsc Member+

    Mar 17, 2004
    Club:
    --other--
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  16. Bluecat82

    Bluecat82 Member+

    Feb 24, 1999
    Minneapolis, MN
    Club:
    Minnesota United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  17. jond

    jond Member+

    Sep 28, 2010
    On My Squatty Potty
    Club:
    Levski Sofia
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Congrats to Canada on qualifying for the WC.
     
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  18. CyphaPSU

    CyphaPSU Member+

    Mar 16, 2003
    Not Far
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This thread has a chance to be active for 8 years, so let's wait and see what percentage you got correct by the time United 2026 comes around!

    My vote for most-likely is the guy you have starting next to McKennie.
     
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  19. Tony in Quakeland

    Jan 27, 2003
    Pleasant Hill, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I’m going to make you come to my office and clean up the coffee I just spit all over my monitor
     
  20. cleansheetbsc

    cleansheetbsc Member+

    Mar 17, 2004
    Club:
    --other--
    Send Dark Knight the bill.
     
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  21. cleansheetbsc

    cleansheetbsc Member+

    Mar 17, 2004
    Club:
    --other--
    We sure as shit better qualify in 2022 or we are just Canada.
     
  22. MattFFC

    MattFFC New Member

    May 21, 2014
    Club:
    Fulham FC
    So us, Canada, and Mexico all automatically qualify...

    What does that mean for the other teams in CONCACAF? Or are those three spots distributed internationally (i.e. Europe, Asia, and South America all get one less team)?
     
  23. 2in10

    2in10 Member

    Reno 1868 FC
    United States
    Jun 19, 2016
    Sparks, NV
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    No spots will be distributed to other nations. CONCACAF gets 6.5 spots and the 3 direct and 1 playoff position will be decided through qualifying. That is if FIFA approves all three as auto qualifiers.

    Having the three qualify would be no different percentage wise than Japan and South Korea auto qualifying in 2002.
     
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  24. Tony in Quakeland

    Jan 27, 2003
    Pleasant Hill, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hearing 6.5 from CONCACAF? Don't think that's confirmed
     
  25. Stric_Matic

    Stric_Matic Member

    Slovenia
    Jan 26, 2010
    Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Nat'l Team:
    Slovenia
    #25 Stric_Matic, Jun 13, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2018
    I'm still extremely skeptical about the idea of 16 groups with three teams each in a 48-team World Cup, instead of 12x4. It's obviously way more reasonable and doable in terms of logistics, but fairness-wise, it's very likely to result in a host of controversial last-round matches.

    With only three matches played in each group instead of six, and the final match being played while a 3rd team sits out and hopes for the result of that final game to go its way, it's VERY likely that we'll see plenty of toothless 3rd matches where the two teams that only need a draw play out the most farsical, passive, pact-of-non-aggression game imaginable.

    Not saying that teams will directly collude with one another in order to knock out another team, but psychologically, it's going to be hard for two teams that only need a draw to go all-out and try to win, should defeat for either result in elimination.
     
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