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American Sports Media Was Apathetic To USMNT Qualifying For World Cup

Four years ago, Taylor Twellman went down in U.S. sports media history with his epic rant screaming “WHAT ARE WE DOING?!” to anyone who would listen after the USMNT failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. On Wednesday night, the sports media reaction to the Americans returning to the World Cup was far more muted, almost apathetic in many cases. SportsCenter in particular buried the news deep in its flagship Scott Van Pelt broadcast.  

2022 World Cup Draw: Who’s In, How It Works, When It Is

The World Cup draw, more than any other moment, marks the true start of FIFA’s quadrennial tournament. The draw is when things get real, when players and fans can start plotting their path to the final, when it really hits home that the World Cup is here. 

So, when is the World Cup draw? How does the draw work? Who’s in and who’s out? Here’s everything you need to know about the World Cup draw, including in which pot the USMNT will be placed.

The18 FanZone: USA vs MEXICO World Cup Qualifier

The18 hosts a FanZone at a local brewery during the USMNT World Cup Qualifier vs Mexico.

Fans step up to compete in challenges to win prizes, merch and some free beer!

Juggle Balance Challenge: Hold a pint of beer and juggle 6 times without spilling a drop!

Pin the Head on Gregg: Try to place Gregg's head back on as close as you can!

Ball Pushups Challenge: With all four hands and legs on a ball, how many pushups can you do?

FIFA Is Hoping Everyone Ignores All Its Controversies To Focus On World Cup

DOHA — FIFA officials will look to put aside division and controversy and turn the focus to this year's World Cup finals when they hold their annual congress in the Qatari capital on Thursday.

For the past year, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been under fire from critics, particularly in Europe, over his proposals to turn the World Cup from an event held every four years to a biennial tournament.

France Wins Feel Good Moment Of The Year After Surprising N’Golo Kanté With Birthday Cake

Chelsea star and France international N’Golo Kanté turned 31 years old on Tuesday while on duty with his national team. France — already qualified for the World Cup — is playing some friendly matches during the international window. Before France’s game vs. South Africa on Tuesday there was a Kanté birthday cake surprise.

When Ashlyn Harris Tried To Defend Her Wife On Twitter, Trinity Rodman Clapped Back To Defend Her Team

Social media is often a horrible place, I think we can all agree. But sometimes it gives us wonderful moments of schadenfreude, moments when we can step back from an argument and be oh so happy we’re not involved. There was one such popcorn-grabbing moment this weekend when Ashlyn Harris and Trinity Rodman got into a Twitter feud after their respective clubs played on Friday.

North Macedonia PM Offers Players 500,000 Euros If They Beat Portugal In World Cup Playoff

PORTO, Portugal — North Macedonia's surprise win away to Italy in their World Cup playoff semifinal last week set up an unexpected clash against Portugal, with the country's Prime Minister offering the squad 500,000 euros ($549,300.00) if they reach the 2022 tournament.

The result shocked the soccer world and derailed a possible clash between the last two European champions Italy and Portugal, who both surprisingly missed out on automatically qualifying from the group stage for the World Cup in Qatar.

Lionel Messi Spends His Saturday Watching The U.S. U-20 Men's Youth National Team

After scoring in Argentina's 3-0 win over Venezuela in World Cup qualifying Friday night, Lionel Messi's post-match comments made global headlines as the 34-year-old indicated that this might be his last year in international football.

Tigres Separa Del Equipo A Raymundo Fulgencio, Acusado De Golpiza A Joven En Veracruz

Tigres decidió apartar de su plantel al jugador Raymundo Fulgencio, luego de que este fuera acusado de participar en la golpiza a un joven en la ciudad de Veracruz.

El conjunto felino entregó un comunicado de prensa a través de sus redes sociales justificando la decisión. 

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