Good points on Scotland and Wales, but I gotta root for Ukraine for the obvious reasons. Then I'll root for them to make it out of the group along with the US and root for them in every game they're not playing the US.The European qualifier will be Wales, Ukraine, or Scotland.
Scotland was supposed to play Ukraine last week but the game got postponed to June 7th because of the war. The winner of that game goes on to play Wales.
As a USMNT fan, I really want Scotland to win. It would be a major upset, as they are significantly worse than Wales or Ukraine.
But as a general fan of the sport, it would be a shame to see Gareth Bale never play in the World Cup. Wales hasn't qualified since 1958. Maybe Wales will qualify, and the US and Wales knock England out. That would be fun.
Italy didn't qualify for 2018. This is the 2nd consecutive World Cup they will miss.
On the plus side, Bundesliga and Premier League both start Friday so you have that to tide you over for the next few months.
For some reason club soccer has never done much for me. I know the quality of play is probably better since the teams have much longer to practice and gel, but I just don't feel a connection to it the same way as I do to the international competitions.
Maybe I'll give it more of a watch this fall and see if anything grabs my interest.