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Mike Burns Disappointed About U.S. Missing World Cup Bid, But Hopeful for the Future

Mike Burns played on the U.S. Men's National Team in 1994 when the U.S. hosted the World Cup. The Marlborough, Mass. native played for the New England Revolution in the MLS after the World proved to mainstream America that there was a fanbase for professional soccer in the U.S. (Courtesy Dwight Darian of Revolutionsoccer.net)

By Kevin Koczwara

Despite being labeled a “high risk” country, lacking a a poor transportation system, and the dangerous heat, Qatar walked away with the 2022 World Cup Thursday. The little country in the Middle East with oodles of wealth will be the first in the region to host a World Cup.

The United States vied for the same spot, and evidently the U.S. star studded bid featuring Bill Clinton, Morgan Freeman and Landon Donovan wasn’t enough to swing votes in favor of the red, white, and blue.

Like many other American soccer fans, former U.S. Men’s National Team and New England Revolution player, Mike Burns was hoping the U.S. would come away with the World Cup.

“Sheer disappointment [that the U.S. wasn’t awarded the 2022 World Cup], from a personal perspective, from a Revs perspective, from a former national team player perspective.I think that’s the one word, disappointment,” says Burns, who now works for the Revolution as the team’s Vice President – Player Personnel.

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Who Will Host The Wolrd Cup in 2018 and 2022

Sepp Blatter announced today the winning bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host countries. (Courtesy PanARMENIAN Photos)

By Kevin Koczwara

Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup. The South American country won the right to hold the next World Cup in the last round of voting. Brazil will also host the next Summer Olympics in 2012. The Brazilians have some hefty partying to plan, good thing the country is well known for its partying skills already, which should make the transition a breeze — if we are to believe the crime problem many of the major cities pose is being fixed up properly.

This round of FIFA’s World Cup voting was to settle the destination for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Those years may be far off in most peoples’ minds, but the planning needs to begin now if the elected hosts of 2018 and 2022 want to be 100 percent ready for their time in the soccer spotlight.

Allegations of corruption in the FIFA voting committee swirled in the news this week, but the bidding war went on uninterrupted. The bidding nations splashed out the cash on advertising campaigns and presentations. Countries pithed their country as the perfect place to host a World Cup, and as the next best place for the game of soccer to grow and develop in the world.

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