"The Four Year Review: America's Quest for the Cup"
Published with Cardinal Publishers Group, December 8, 2022
As the Quarter-finals for FIFA World Cup 2022 approach, it seems clear the “old guard” of world soccer is showing up. In the Round of 16, a few challengers came in the form of Japan, South Korea, Australia, Senegal and the United States. As of 12-5-22, the teams that made the Quarters are Netherlands, Argentina, Croatia, Brazil, England and France. (The remaining Round of 16 teams are Morocco, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.)
As for the United States, who lost 3-1 in the Round of 16 to Netherlands, it’s much of the same: macro talk that revolves around “almost, the need to stay consistent, and it’s a gradual process.” Yet fans are gradually becoming more impatient each tournament. When will the USMNT take home the ultimate prize? When will the USMNT when the elusive World Cup trophy? Not in Qatar, that was proven. All in all, the USMNT had one big victory in FIFA World Cup 2022: it reached the Round of 16. However, in four short years, when the US-Canada-Mexico host, a big opportunity awaits. Will it be the same players still? The same coach? That’s yet to be seen. For now though, a lot of thought is being put into what form the team will take in the near-term and eventually 2026.
Stay tuned, it should be interesting. Just as this World Cup in 2022 remains as interesting as ever!