Did Major League Soccer Hurt America's Chance of Hosting 2022 World Cup?

Deleted UserContributor IIDecember 4, 2010

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - DECEMBER 02: Bill Clinton of the USA bid looks on during the FIFA World Cup 2018 & 2022 Host Announcement on December 2, 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Ever since FIFA awarded Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup, the nation has made the inevitable leap from grief to pointing the finger and creating United States Soccer Federation guilt by association.

Soccer purists have seen this as a golden opportunity to, once again, point out the flaws of Major League Soccer, claiming it could have even ruined the United States' chance to bring the World Cup back across the Atlantic.

Breaking it down, the only eminent flaws with American soccer (that FIFA has pointed out) have been the ways MLS is structured and how it consistently refuses to abide to FIFA's guidelines.

Though MLS takes a conservative approach in keeping everyone financially stable and maintaining parity, it is likely that type of organization has caused passive-aggressive action from FIFA.

Simply, FIFA is telling the USSF to abide by their rules, which is met by collective unwillingness from the MLS and USSF.

Certain comments include the season's format. The league does not abide to the FIFA calendar and runs from March to November. That is understandable since the MLS has just Major League Baseball as its sole competition for fan attention for most of the season, which MLS seems to be doing well in.

Additionally, the fans favorite topics, such as promotion/relegation, comes into play.

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A closed-franchise system, the league takes an odd pride in the fact that they operate just like an American sports league, rather than every other soccer league on the planet.

With this system comes parity, players having to sign with the league instead of teams and a socialist system that makes sure everyone has equal finances.

Evidently, USSF will do whatever it takes to claim the reasons had nothing to do with MLS or the league's operations, even if MLS was the primary reason.

While one of the reasons could have been that FIFA wants to expand into uncharted territory, that may have been subordinate to the major reasons why the United States was not the ideal candidate.

Unfortunately, these could be the steps holding the MLS back from becoming a respectable league, as well as holding the United States back from having the chance to bring the World Cup back into the country.


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