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It’s SBI Q&A Time (December Edition)

The holiday season is here, and as we wind down the final days of 2021 it is time to catch up on all things soccer (and pop culture) in a new SBI Q&A.

We brought back the SBI Q&A last month, answering some reader-submitted questions on everything from the USMNT to MLS to pop culture. We will be doing the same every month going forward, and incorporating the Q&A into The SBI Show as well as a video version of the Q&A.

SBI Editor-in-Chief Ives Galarcep will be taking questions from readers today on any soccer (or pop culture) topics you want to discuss. Want to talk USMNT? Have an MLS question? Want to talk music or movies or TV shows? Send us your questions our way and Ives will answer select questions in a post that will drop on Monday.

Submit your questions in the comments section below (and please refrain from responding to any questions submitted by fellow readers).


  1. It’s been exciting seeing MLS academies graduating more players to the 1st teams and then some making the jump to bigger clubs in Europe. Do you see this continuing to trend in that direction w more teams spending more on their academies? It seems like only a few MLS teams have taken this approach w Dallas and Philly being prob the best examples.

  2. So, Matrix Resurrections, Spiderman: No Way Home, Kingsmen, and several other movies out now. Which one did you enjoy the most or are you looking forward to seeing the most?

  3. Am i the only one concerned that the qualifiers played in January could potentially be in a blizzard? If it were to be played on a snowy or less than perfect pitch, it would even the playing field against less talented opposition

  4. Looking in your crystal ball – name one player who in your estimation will be a surprise inclusion to the US World Cup squad? One surprise omission?

  5. What is the current status of travel rules between the US and Canada? How will that impact the USMNT’s trip to Hamilton in January?

  6. Assuming the USMNT can finish the job, and qualify for the ’22 world cup, what are realistic expectations for a talented but really young team at the tournament? Good enough to get out of the group stage? Make a deeper run? Or will be lucky to be competitive and get experience before young talent hits prime years in ’26?

  7. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.
    How are we looking for CONCACAF U-20 qualifying in 2022? I know we have a new coach as of November. What is the outlook? Who do you expect to be on the roster?
    thanks –


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