In a blog post that I have been waiting to see for LITERALLY YEARS!!!! Go read his post (afterwards come back and read this one)
my facebook post from Oct 24, 2012..
Phil Schoen, who is good people and would not lie to me and break my heart, says that the DEAL IS FINALLY DONE!!! It will be announced very soon.. I will, in fact, cry at the formal announcement. CRY REAL BIG TEARS OF PURE JOY!
I get that this happens in the summer of 2016 which is MLS primetime but so help me soccer gods, if MLS/USSF pull some shady, team selection nonsense, I will LOSE it..
We field the BEST team legitimately possible, like it is a World Cup… because well it mine as well be. It will be the summer after the Gold Cup and before the Confed Cup (we are halfway to the ConFed cup after winning the 2013 Gold Cup), so we can win that then have a brilliant set of summer tournament matches with some of the best teams on the planet, head to summer 12017 in Russia at the Confed and then back in 2018 for WC2018.
Phil quotes Marca listing venues for the tournament but cannot independently confirm those location.
- Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., (home for me)
- Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif., (almost home for me)
- MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., (couch surfing opportunities)
- Citrus Bowl, in Orlando, Fla., (I hate Orlando and NOT MIAMI?)
- R.F.K. Stadium in Washington D.C., (HOME SWEET SOCCER HOME…)
- Reliant Stadium in Houston. (I have some amazingly humbling memories of that complex and zero to do with sports)
They seem pretty safe bets though I would expect Solider Field or somewhere middle America instead of two in Cali. AND PLEASE SOCCER GODS… RFK YES… FedEx… no… RFK YES… FedEx… NO
That is my next four summers locked down. God knows after the presumed Disaster in the Jungle this summer, we will need it.
UPDATE: SUNIL CONTINUES TO RAIN ON MY PARADE.. SUNIL STOP DOING THAT.. COME ON NOW… NO ONE LOVES A BLATANT USSF MONEY GRAB LIKE YOU, SO WE KNOW IT WILL HAPPEN
[Yes I know he didn’t take a salary for years… but USSF Fan Membership went from $55 year to $10,000 for the good stuff a year, OVERNIGHT.. LITERALLY OVERNIGHT.. Screwing the longtime fans who were there before 2010 in favor of late comers with lots of cash…]
This is what the USSF President for Life and Blatter BFF tweeted this morning: