The World Cup is at hand. Today, the biggest theater of dreams in sports opens up its doors and welcomes 32 performers vying for the spotlight and the most coveted trophy in the world. This year the individual nations have and will be overshadowed by the host nation Qatar, Fifa, and the larger political context. Human rights abuses and backwards laws around gender and sexuality have placed Qatar squarely at the center of criticism from many journalists and fans. Bribery and sportswashing have clearly stained the shiny gloss on Qatar’s new stadiums, not to mention Russia 2018.
For now, the days continue and football will be played. In that vein, and as an excited USMNT fan, I present three hypothetical dream scenarios of the United States’ first World Cup game in 8 years. Further roster details and previews are available going into the first game against Wales today.
Photograph: Ronald Zak/AP (Source: Guardian)
First, the psychedelic fever dream. Haji Wright, the Antalyspor striker (20 goals in 2022) is dressed in a superhero cape: not Captain America, but a flowing dress of goals, class, and finishing. A surprising pick but an enjoyable entry into the World Cup squad. As he masquerades across the screen, we see a mentoring session. Tim Ream, master of getting by, gluing the surprising Fulham defense together is sitting with his Jedi apprentice. Antonee Robinson – self-proclaimed Jedi and maybe the player who unlocks Greg Berhalter’s scheme the most – is training his force skills with Luke’s helmet before blasting up the left side, powered almost into light speed.
Further ahead, the rebellion gathers. Hard pressing, take no-bullshit Leeds partnership Tyler Adams and Brendan Aaronson huddle with Yunus Musah, Christian Pulisic, and the rest of the upfield players. They strategize and turn into x’s and o’s, zooming around the field, causing mayhem and forming a whole that is better than any individual. One loner though, with maybe the most…
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Author : Emilio Weber
Publish date : 2022-11-21 18:19:24
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