U.S. World Cup worries grow, draw with Saudis in last tuneup match
The U.S. national team has been involved in a tug of war with CONCACAF over the future of the U.S. World Cup.
Now, the U.S. has a big match coming up against the regional rival of that federation – the Saudi Arabian federation.
Here’s the background on the U.S.’s World Cup worries.
The United States is in the group stages of the 2018 Concacaf tournament, but CONCACAF has threatened to block the U.S.’ entry into this year’s World Cup in Russia unless it agrees to a better deal for their federation.
A few weeks ago, the U.S. World Cup bid chairman, Howard Wilkinson, expressed his concern about CONCACAF’s stance on the World Cup.
“I can assure you that in the next three months we’ll be pushing as hard as possible for an agreement that the USWNT and the USWNT association can support and that is that,” he said in an interview with Fox Soccer with the help of a translator.
The U.S.’s chances of winning the event this year seem, for now, in jeopardy.
So, the U.S.’s World Cup hopes are more or less in a state of limbo, and the U.S. World Cup plans are under a spotlight.
We’ll be watching the U.S. in this year’s tournament with intense interest, but we will be following the U.S. closely on the eve of the World Cup as well.
The U.S. hosts the Group Stage of the tournament in the U.S. on May 3.
We’ll be watching the U.S. go about its World Cup preparations and, before that, we’ll be keeping watch in the lead-up to the World Cup on the U.S. Soccer website.
What you can watch: World Cup highlights
The U.S. team can also watch highlights of their games and other action from the 2018 Concacaf tournament.
Here are some highlights:
Watch highlights from the second round of Concacaf tournament (which