The 1 year countdown to the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup™ begins! Alexi Lalas and David Mosse cover all you need to know about Qatar in their 200th special edition episode of the State of the Union Podcast. Follow the guys on this star studded episode full of American soccer legends, Cobi Jones, Chris Wondolowski, and Stu Holden. The guys cover what fans can expect in Qatar during the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ and how it will be different than any previous tournament (0:00). Cobi Jones and the guys take a look back at the USA’s historic “Dos a Cero” win vs. Mexico at the 2002 World Cup, answer if Mexico can make it past the Round or 16 (if they qualify) and make predictions about other World Cup curses (12:01). Chris Wondolowski discusses his recent retirement from the San Jose Earthquakes, what his new role at the club will be going forward, and why he’s so excited about young USMNT striker Ricardo Pepi (26:18). Stu, Alexi, and Mosse put it all on the line and make their picks for who will win it all in Qatar in their predictions segment (37:05). Then Stu and the guys look at the recent USMNT results in qualifying, Canada’s big win over Mexico, and answer if Cristiano Ronaldo could miss the World Cup (49:44) . Finally Alexi caps the show with a big thank you to the fans of the State of the Union podcast who have tuned in each every week since the show started (01:16:00).
0:00 – What can fans expect in Qatar?
12:01 – Cobi Jones on USMNT’s "Dos a Cero" win vs. Mexico
26:18 – Wondolowski on his retirement/Ricardo Pepi
37:05 – Way too early World Cup winner predictions with Stu Holden
49:44 – Could Cristiano Ronaldo miss the World Cup?
01:16:00 – Alexi celebrates the 200th episode of the podcast
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The World Cup is 1 year away: Could Ronaldo miss Qatar? | EP 166 | ALEXI LALAS STATE OF THE UNION