World Cup 2022: Qatar Announced As Host Country Over United States

The dream for 2022 World Cup action in Washington D.C. is over. FIFA has selected Qatar as the host country over the United States. Washington D.C. was one of 18 possible host cities had the U.S. won.

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World Cup 2022 Announcement: United States Loses Out As Host To Qatar

The dream for Washington D.C. to be a host city for the 2022 World Cup is dead. After a delay of over 30 minutes, FIFA officials announced that Qatar, not the United States, will host the 2022 event.

Qatar may seem like an unlikely choice, but they put together a convincing presentation, and reports trickled out that they had won long before the announcement was made official. Qatar becomes the smallest country to host a World Cup, topping Uruguay and Chile. 

The United States was among the early favorites, but their odds kept slipping as the day went along. Both Qatar and Australia had lapped them by the end of the day, according to oddsmakers. 

Russian has won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup, in an announcement that also took place this morning. England was the early favorite, but was reportedly knocked out in the first round, much like its soccer team often is (zing!). Spain-Portugal was the other favorite that lost out.

Washington D.C. was one of 18 possible host cities should the United States have won the bid. The others were Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and Tampa. The Washington D.C. delegation hosted a free event at the Newseum this morning, featuring appearances by new D.C. United coach Ben Olsen and several others.

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World Cup 2022 Odds: United States' Chances Of Hosting Slipping, According To Oddsmakers

For the longest time, it looked like the United States was the favorite to host the 2022 World Cup. They still might be, of course, because nobody will really know until later this morning. But according to the latest odds, their chances are slipping.

As SB Nation's Richard Farley notes, the United States has just a 5-2 chance to host the World Cup, according to the latest oddsmakers. Qatar, the smallest country that has a shot, is at 4-6 right now, giving them a better-than-even chance at winning the bid. Here are the full odds:

4/6 - Qatar

5/2 - United States

5/2 - Australia

33/1 - Japan

40/1 - South Korea

Keep in mind, though, that these odds should be taken with a grain of salt. As Farley writes:

Australia, like the United States, is going off at 5/2, but just to highlight the lunacy of these wagers, consider the odds on Japan and South Korea. Japan is 33/1 and South Korea is 40/1, but there is no way their real chances of winning this vote is two-and-a-half or three percent. Those bets are drop boxes at a bank you don't use.    

We will find out the answer for sure later this morning. Washington D.C. is one of 18 possible U.S. host cities should the U.S. win the bid. There is currently a viewing event at the Newseum going on as we speak.

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World Cup 2022 Host Announcement: Washington D.C. To Host Viewing Event Tomorrow

On Wednesday, delegates and representatives from the different Nations in contention converged on Zurich, Switzerland to explain why their nation would be the best candidates to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. FIFA, Soccer's international governing body, will announce the host Nations on Thursday.

England is considered a near lock to host the 2018 games, while America is the favorite to land the event in 2022 over the other finalists, Japan, Qatar and Australia. Washington is one of the city's that will be eligible to host games at Fedex Field. There will be a free viewing party held at the Newseum (at Pennsylvania Ave and 6th St. NW) on Thursday with doors opening at 9 a.m..

America sent over two of our biggest guns to help sway the voters; Morgan Freeman and Bill Clinton. Freeman to wow them with a speech, and Bubba to presumably take them out for a beer after the hearing. With those two on our side, I don't really see how we can lose. And wouldn't they also make up the best buddy comedy you've ever seen? Somebody needs to write that script.

We'll be updating this StoryStream as soon as the announcement goes official. Everybody cross your fingers!

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