As previously fretted about here, Qatar’s bundle-stackin’ status helped power the tiny, sports-free country to its first World Cup bid. The United States reached the final round of voting, but three of five Korea voters jumped to Qatar’s side instead of climbing aboard the Red, White, and Blue, at which point the tie would be broken by BCS standings, just like the Big 12 South.
An analogy? Qatar: Auburn Tigers. The United States: Mississippi State. By that I mean Qatar won, of course, and the U.S. lost. Would never imply Qatar is as dirty as Auburn. In fact, the internet is happy to tell you Qatar is the least corrupt Middle Eastern nation, which is something like being the [insert any joke about anything in the world].
So no international championship soccer at a new stadium near the World Congress Center or The Stryper in Kennesaw. This is a bummer, but Major League Soccer will still make its way to Atlanta in the next decade. With another eight to twelve or whatever years to grow the game domestically, the States should get to host another World Cup relatively soon, and Atlanta’s hub status in a growing region will make it an even likelier host city when we do land the Cup. Even though I’ll be freaking 45 in 2026.