Vital Opinions on Qatar 2022


ASN Morning Read: Vital Opinions on Qatar 2022

FIFA has an “I personally believe” issue with an upcoming tournament, a United States goalkeeper has an issue with the law that doesn’t seem to matter, and a forward has an issue with not scoring.


Noah Davis


September 22, 2014

7:56 AM

  • FIFA, which is “locking away” the bribery report, has another issue to deal with, namely that ExCo member Theo Zwanziger doesn’t think the World Cup will be played in Qatar in 2022. “I think that at the end of the day the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar,” he told Sport Bild Plus, which caused the world to go into a frenzy.
  • But wait:

    Good point.

  • Can we talk about Hope Solo for a second? “The official account shows that Hope Solo extended her shutout record to 73 games as the U.S. women’s national team beat Mexico 4-0 in a friendly Thursday night in Rochester, N.Y,” writes the Washington Post’s Cindy Baron. “But as the NFL grapples with its domestic-violence crisis, Solo, who has been accused of the same crime, continues to play for her pro soccer team as well as the national team as she awaits trial in November. Solo has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence in an alleged assault of her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew last summer in Kirkland, Wash. Unlike some of the biggest NFL stars, Solo, who is their counterpart in women’s soccer and someone touted as a role model, quietly goes about her business of keeping soccer balls from going into the net.”
  • Wondo and that chance: “I took a peek up, saw the keeper coming out, and I leaned back to go over his shoulder. I leaned back way too far, and my mechanics went out the door and I ended up skying it. I was all right then. At the start of the overtime I was really motivated, I thought I was going to get another chance to where I could finish. I wanted to do that, I was really looking for that redemption shot.”
  • Greg Garza and Joe Corona continue to tear it up in Mexico.
  • MLS is coming to Atlanta, and the city is ready: “Don Garber and [MLS President] Mark Abbott tell us we’re starting earlier with our staffing than any other expansion team ever has,” Blank said. “We’re hiring a president two and a half years before playing our first game. So we’re trying to do it right. We’re trying to do it thoughtfully and give ourselves time to make those proper decisions.” He was evidently taking that search seriously. This week Atlanta announced that Darren Eales—currently chief executive for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and a man who had helped broker deals in and out of MLS for the likes of Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and DeAndre Yedlin—has been appointed the new team’s first president. As statements of intent go, it seemed an emphatic one.