FIFA has just announced that the 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia, and the 2022 tournament will go to Qatar.
"For 2018 and 2022 we go to new lands, because the FIFA World Cup has never been in eastern Europe or the Middle East." -- FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter
Obviously this is disappointing news to the United States, which had hoped to host in 2022, and to Seattle, which would have been one of the host cities.
Sounders technical director Chris Henderson tells Fox Soccer Channel, "We were shocked. ... Qatar must have had a really great bid."
Here's the FIFA website.
Here's the U.S. Soccer site.
More to come.