The Fifa technical committee is in town today and will tour Reliant Stadium and our city. The hope here is that if the World Cup is awarded to the United States presumably in 2022 that Houston will be one of the cities that will be awarded some of the games. From a financial perspective from some reports the city would get energized with $350 million dollars if this were to occur.
Houston stacks up as one of the top soccer cities in the United States. The strength of the sport at the grass roots level, adult soccer level and the professional level is solid and full of potential and possibility. The general interest of the game here is at an all time high and is even beginning to cross into the mainstream a bit boosted by events like the MLS All Star game and World Cups.
The diversity of our city means many here are following the game worldwide as well, lets just hope these facts come in to play and our expressed by those involved who have the job of making these points known to Fifa Officials. In the end, all the visits to various markets are also connected to the bigger picture of having the committee pick the United States to host.
Could Texas have two cities represented if awarded? Can Dallas and Houston both be host cities? Or is Houston in competition with Dallas and the Jerry Jones palace?
SEPP AND MAKING THE GAME MORE FREE FLOWING
The way for MLS to continue to move forward is to get another two skilled, game changing like players on the field for specific teams. Players that have break-down capability, can on their own change the course of a game. Within the context of great team play these types of individuals are coveted and make the game more interesting for all involved.
During the World Cup we saw teams employing pairs of deep holding midfielders as a shield for defenses and defending with blocks of 8 players an attacking with 2 and 3 players and on occasion a 4th not risking much.
The lone striker was all the rage with a five man midfield. The fewest number of goals ever scored in group play was produced in South Africa.
So Sepp Blatter now just may be ready to make some changes in the of “free flowing” and “attacking” football.
“We have to try to find a way to encourage free flowing football in tournaments like the World Cup, with teams playing to win. We plan to take the opportunity to look at the concept of extra time as well. Often we see teams set themselves up even more defensively in the extra time, in an attempt to avoid conceding a goal at all costs,” said Blatter to Fifa.com.
Blatter proposes the ideas of:
* Doing away with extra time and going right to penalty kicks would force teams to attack more.
* Possibly re-introduce the “Golden Goal”.
What are your thoughts on Blatter’s proposal? Did you believe the football played at the World Cup was overly negative?
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