Last year, the U.S. men’s national soccer team was eliminated from the World Cup in the first knockout round of the international tournament. The disqualifying match, played against the very good Belgian national team, was watched by twenty-two million people, making it the second-highest-viewed soccer match ever aired on American television. Belgium, to the dismay of these 22 million people, beat the U.S. 2 to 1. America, as a result, folded up its interest in soccer as a national rallying sport and put it back in the closet for another four years. Maybe in 2018, we’d have a chance to right our past wrongs, and to prove to the world that we could be a dominant soccer nation, too.
The criminal investigation unit of the IRS expects to add to the list of 14 FIFA officials and corporate co-conspirators already indicted in this week’s soccer corruption scandal or whatever the fuck, the New York Times reported Friday evening. But it’s still not clear whether the U.S. will go after the biggest fish, freshly reelected FIFA emperor-for-life Sepp Blatter.
The only thing that can match John Oliver's excitement about the World Cup, which begins this week in Brazil, is his disgust at FIFA, the corrupt organization that controls it.