Los Angeles Galaxy Ins and Outs, Dec. 3, 2010

Sunil Gulati faces the music after USA 2022 loses to Qatar

14 votes to eight. In favor of the sheiks from Qatar.

That's the margin the USA lost to in their bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

After the fourth and final vote, and in spite of a spirit campaign that involved the Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan, Sunil Gulati was forced to to put on a brave face in what will go down as the biggest black eye of his tenure as US Soccer Federation president.

"We're disappointed," he said at the Messe Zürich. "There's no way to get around that. It's a very harsh disappointment. We worked very hard. The country's been behind us in a way frankly we haven't seen.

"I always viewed this as a huge pedal, and a World Cup hosted in the US would give us a foot down on that pedal and take us to a new trend line. So obviously, we're not going to have that.

"Will that trend line still be positive? Yes. Will we still get to all of us, where Don [Garb...

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